§ Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the salaries of magistrates' clerks are fixed on a population basis; and if he will take steps to see that their salaries are fixed on the basis of the population in conjunction with the number of cases dealt with in the courts.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The salaries of justices' clerks are normally settled by reference to the recommendations of a Joint Negotiating Committee on which local authorities, magistrates' courts committees and justices' clerks are represented. The recommendations of the Committee are based on population figures, but allow some scope for other factors, such as the volume of work, to be taken into account.