Judicial Salaries

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1951.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 24th July 1951

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to increase judicial salaries in Scotland to bring them into line with the recently proposed increase in the salaries of county court judges.

Mr. McNeil:

I hope to make a statement at an early date on this subject.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Will this statement apply to all classes of judicial officers in Scotland, or only to sheriffs and sheriffs-substitute?

Mr. McNeil:

It will not apply to all classes.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is just as important for Scottish judges to be put in a position to maintain appropriate standards of life as it is for their English colleagues?

Mr. McNeil:

I have never doubted that.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire East

Will the right hon. Gentleman make this statement before the House rises for the Summer Recess?

Mr. McNeil:

I very much hope so.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , West Lothian

Will my right hon. Friend take into account the position of, for example, the chairman of the Scottish Land Court, who has the status of a judge, but not the salary?

Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if the higher income groups in Scotland receive encouragement from him to have higher salaries at present, it will arouse the greatest resentment throughout the lower income group, particularly rail-way-men and others employed in heavy occupations, who are not receiving wage increases?

Mr. McNeil:

I did not think it was obvious that I was encouraging anyone.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire

Will the Secretary of State bear in mind that no reasonable person in Scotland will object to these law officers receiving what is due to them and is long overdue?

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

Will the decision in regard to English county court judges in any way affect the terms of my right hon. Friend's statement?

Mr. McNeil:

It would be unusual if there were a separation between these two sectors of justice.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire East

Arising out of a question from the benches opposite, does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the salaries at present paid to sheriffs and to sheriffs-substitute are, in view of their responsibilities, an absolute scandal?