HC Deb 17 November 1960 vol 630 cc54-5W
Sir H. d'Avigdor-Goldsmid

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will make a statement on the salaries of the lower judiciary, following the increases, announced on 6th August, for certain grades in the higher Civil Service.

Sir E. Boyle

Yes. The Government have agreed that comparable increases in salaries should be awarded to those members of the lower Judiciary and to certain officers of the Supreme Court on corresponding salary levels.

2. The increases are comparably applied to salaries up to £4,100. The effective date is the same as for posts at corresponding levels in the Civil Service, except for Metropolitan Magistrates. Their salary changes must, under the Judicial Offices (Salaries and Pensions) Act, 1957, be effected by Order subject to affirmative Resolution in both Houses of Parliament and the increase must be from the date of the Order. A draft Order was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 1st November.

3. The estimated annual cost of the increases is about £42,000.

4. Details of the increase are as follows:

Present Salary New Salary
£ £
Chairman, Scottish Land Court 4,100 4,200
Sheriff, Lothians and Peebles 4,100 4,200
Metropolitan Magistrate 3,800 4,100
Sheriff Substitute A 3,800 4,100
Sheriff Substitute B 3,150 3,550
Sheriff Substitute C 2,650 2,975
Masters, Admiralty Registrar, Probate and Bankruptcy Registrars, Official Solicitor 3,000–3,800 3,400–4,100
Chief Chancery Registrar 3,000 3,400
Chancery Registrar 2,400–2,800 2,700–3,175
Legal and Medical Visitors 3,100 3,500
Clerks of Assize 1,800–2,800 2,085–3,175