§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average cost saving achieved per day through the use of a temporary instead of a full-time permanent sheriff in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 16 April 1996]: Temporary sheriffs provide cover for the absences of permanent sheriffs and more generally offer a useful element of flexibility in the handling of court business.
Temporary sheriffs are paid a daily rate of £282 plus travel and subsistence expenses. The daily rate for a permanent sheriff, based on working 220 days per annum is £345.