§ 45. Sir W. DAVISON
asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the memorial from the London Chamber of Commerce urging His Majesty's Government to take steps to reaffirm the independence of His Majesty's judges of Parliament and the executive, and to make it clear that their status is not on a par with that of His Majesty's civil servants; whether he is aware that a declaratory Bill, making provision as above is now before this House; and whether the Government will give facilities for its further stages?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)
I have read the resolution of the London Chamber of Commerce urging His Majesty's Government to make a declaration reaffirming the independence of the judges and that their status is not on a par with that of His Majesty's Civil Service. I am very glad once more to affirm on behalf of the Government the absolute independence of His Majesty's judges and their unique status among persons in His Majesty's service. I am advised that in these circumstances it is unnecessary to give facilities for the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend.
§ Sir W. DAVISON
In view of the feeling throughout the country that this is not clear, would it not be better that the whole House of Commons should have an opportunity of expressing their opinion in the matter? This is a one Clause declaratory Bill which can be put through practically without any time being taken. It is only now not before us because it has been blocked by the Government Whips.