Scottish Law Commission

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th July 1965.

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Photo of Mr Norman Wylie Mr Norman Wylie , Edinburgh Pentlands 12:00 am, 14th July 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements have been made for the sittings of the Scottish Law Commission; how much time it is intended that the Commissioners will devote to the work of the Commission; and what salaries and remuneration are to be paid.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The arrangements for sittings are a matter for the Commission itself, which met for the first time on 30th June; the Chairman's appointment is on a full-time basis and the other members are to devote on average about two days per week to the Commission's work; the Chairman retains his remuneration as a Court of Session Judge and the other members are being remunerated at the rate of £2,000 per annum.

Photo of Mr Norman Wylie Mr Norman Wylie , Edinburgh Pentlands

I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for that reply. Is he and the Lord Advocate satisfied that two days a week will be adequate for this small body to cope with the volume of law reform which we all understood we were to have? There may be some disappointment in the profession that the work of the Commission is to be confined to such a relatively short time.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

On available information, the Commission as at present organised should be adequate to its task. However, I am sure that if experience were to show otherwise, other arrangements would be made by the Commission.

Photo of Mr David Steel Mr David Steel , Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what correlation there will be between the work of this Commission and that of the Commission established in England by the Lord Chancellor?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Arrangements have been made for correlation. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will appreciate that this matter was dealt with in the discussions of the Bill.