Orders of the Day — Judicial Pensions and Retirement Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:56 pm on 3rd December 1992.

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Mr. John M. Taylor:

Can I take it from the hon. Member's remarks about recruiting from the cadre of the promising young players rather than yesterday's men—I followed his word picture, which was good and vivid—that he supports my earlier arguments in favour of the rationality and the sense that often lie behind part-time appointees sitting on the Bench in the higher courts? My argument is that one is training a cadre of younger people, who will be ready for promotion later, and addressing peaks and troughs in the availability of judicial officers. Does the hon. Gentleman favour that argument?