Mr George Mathers: 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?
Mr George Mathers: I beg to move, as an Amendment to the proposed Clause, in subsection (3, a) to leave out "outstanding." Perhaps it would be for the convenience of the House to consider at the same time my Amendment in subsection (3, a), after "architectural," to insert "or æsthetic." I can certainly join other hon. Members in thanking the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the wider terms which are used in...
Mr George Mathers: I rise to bring before the House the question of the appointment of a children's officer in the County of West Lothian, which I have the honour to represent in this House, I asked a Question regarding this on 17th of last month, and I had a reply from the Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland indicating that the point of view I endeavoured to express was not favoured by the Secretary of...
Mr George Mathers: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the strong opposition aroused by his refusal to endorse the nominee of the West Lothian County Council for the position of children's officer; and whether he is prepared to reconsider the position and approve the proposed appointment.
Mr George Mathers: Is the hon. Lady aware of the excellent record of the West Lothian County Council in respect of the care of children, and is it likely that a council with such a record would make wantonly an unwise appointment? Is it not possible that too much stress is being placed upon paper qualifications?
Mr George Mathers: While I recognise the validity of the answer my hon. Friend has given, I believe that there is more to be elucidated than is possible by Question and answer, and I therefore give notice that I shall endeavour to raise this matter on the Adjournment.
Mr George Mathers: It may reduce the temperature a little if I, as Chairman of the Committee of Selection, were to recount how this difficulty arose. [HON. MEMBERS: "NO."] I thought of making a short statement to the House. [Interruption.]
Mr George Mathers: Mr. Mathers rose——
Mr George Mathers: The general practice of the Committee of Selection has been to set up Committees of 50—a nucleus of 20, with 30 Members added. That has been the general practice, but during the time I have been Chairman this has been by no means an absolute rule. We have made up Committees of varying numbers from time to time, endeavouring to suit what we considered to be the convenience of the House and...
Mr George Mathers: This point does not arise under the Supplementary Estimate.
Mr George Mathers: We must dispose of Vote A before we proceed to the other Votes.
Mr George Mathers: We are dealing only with the Question I put to the Committee. That is Vote A, which deals with personnel.
Mr George Mathers: It is necessary for me to put the Amendment in this form in order to save the Amendment in the name of the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. Macpherson). The question is, "That the word 'is' stand part of the Clause."
Mr George Mathers: The hon. Gentleman is not being asked to move anything. The Amendment which I am putting is that in the name of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Moray and Nairn (Mr. Stuart).
Mr George Mathers: If the hon. Gentleman does not move the Amendment, I shall not, of course, put it. I pass on to the next Amendment standing in the name of the hon. Member for Midlothian and Peebles (Mr. Pryde).
Mr George Mathers: That is quite in order. I will put them separately if it is necessary.
Mr George Mathers: Certainly.
Mr George Mathers: The hon. Member moved the Amendment to leave out subsection (7). I was about to point out to him that this is practically a definition subsection and that it did not seem to warrant the repetition of anything of the nature which he had already discussed on another Clause.
Mr George Mathers: A number of suggestions have been made about improving the Bill which has just received its Second Reading, and I am wondering whether those improvements can be made within the terms of the Money Resolution. I think they can, but it would be well for it to be put on record that the financial position can be improved within the terms of the Money Resolution.
Mr George Mathers: Why does the hon. Gentleman give this par- ticular sentence the wide publicity it will receive by being published in HANSARD?