Procurators-Fiscal

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Norman Wylie Mr Norman Wylie , Edinburgh Pentlands 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will seek to improve the terms and conditions of service for procurators-fiscal to encourage recruitment to that service.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

In August last increases of salary, effective from 1st January, 1964, were awarded to various grades of the Procurator-Fiscal service, including the recruitment grade.

Photo of Mr Norman Wylie Mr Norman Wylie , Edinburgh Pentlands

Is the hon. Member aware that, with the development of legal aid in criminal cases, there is an ever-increasing demand on the Procurator-Fiscal service, and that unless recruitment to that service is speeded very serious danger arises that the administration of criminal jurisdiction in this country will be seriously prejudiced?

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

I am aware of certain difficulties in connection with this service, but there are shortages of legal civil servants in practically every sphere and I do not think they are any worse in this sphere than in any other.