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Lord Advocate (Appointments)

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Lord Advocate how many full- and part-time appointments, respectively, are made by him which are not subject to regulation by the Civil Service Commission; what is the total sum paid annually as salary and expenses for such appointments; and if he will take steps to reduce the number of such posts.

The information requested by my hon. Friend is as follows:

NumberRemunerationAnnual Cost
Scottish Law Commission
The Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals
Advocates Depute89,00072,000
In addition I have a joint responsibility with my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor in appointing the Chairman and members of the Council on Tribunals:

NumberRemunerationAnnual Cost
* The Chairman (Lord Hunter), being the holder of high judicial office, is not remunerated under the Law Commissions Act 1965. He continues to receive his judicial salary, which is paid out of the Consolidated Fund.
One of the 14 members of the Council is the Chairman of the Scottish Committee. He rceeives no remuneration as a Member of the Council.
Details of expenses paid are not readily available.

Although, as a matter of policy, I keep under review the numbers and costs of the appointments I make, the Law Commission Act 1965 regulates the membership of the Scottish Law Commission, and the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1971 regulates the number of members to be appointed to the Council on Tribunals and its Scottish Committee. So far as the Advocates Depute are concerned, the increase in crime makes it impossible to reduce their number: an increase of one had recently to be made.