HC Deb 16 December 1982 vol 34 c185W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Attorney-General if the Lord Chancellor will increase the number of official referees; and if he will consider raising their status to that of High Court judge.

The Solicitor-General

The Lord Chancellor intends to recommend the appointment of a fourth circuit judge to deal full-time with official referees' business. He has no plans to raise the status of these judges to that of High Court judges. Such a step could not be taken without primary legislation.