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Orders of the Day — Third Schedule. — (Scheme for establishment of district probate registries.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 4th May 1925.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Atkinson Mr Cyril Atkinson , Altrincham

I should like to ask the Attorney-General if he can repeat to the House the assurance given on the Committee stage last year with reference to the position of registrars and clerks employed in the registries which are going to be abolished, which was as follows: I do not know whether lion. Members think that the effect of abolishing registries will abolish registrars and their clerks, because that is not so, and nobody will he thrown out of work. If any registrar finds his office abolished and he is not transferred he will be compensated and the clerks will he absorbed in some other way. It has been stated that the clerks will he taken into the Central Office, but as far as the registrars are concerned there is no power to dismiss them, and if they cannot be employed they have a right to be compensated. If it is desired to take away the position of these registrars we shall require statutory power to dismiss them. No such declaration has been made on behalf of the Government, and that is why I ask the Attorney-General to repeat those assurances.