MR. PIKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
asked the Postmaster General, Whether an appointment had recently been made to the Office of Criminal Law Pleader to the Post Office; when was the Office established, and what are its functions: and, what is the salary of the Office; or, if paid by fees, what was the amount of the fees last year?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)
Draft indictments in Post Office prosecutions have for many years past been settled by a counsel nominated by the Attorney General. The work is paid for by fees in the ordinary way. The total amount of such fees for the year ending December 31, 1886, was £240 13s. The gentleman who has for some time past performed the work in question has lately been appointed a stipendiary magistrate. It now Tests with the Attorney General to nominate another counsel; but no intimation of any such nomination has yet been received from the Attorney General.