§ 5.0 p.m.
§ Order of the Day for the consideration of Commons Amendments read.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (VISCOUNT JOWITT)
My Lords, I beg to move that the Commons Amendments be now considered.
§ Moved, That the Commons Amendments be now considered.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
My Lords, before we proceed to consider these Amendments, with the leave of the House I would like to make a short statement by way of personal explanation and apology. During the debates in Committee on this Bill, when we were discussing the question of pensions for stipendiaries, I made the statement that the stipendiary for Birmingham was older than the stipendiary for South Staffordshire. I now wish to say that that statement was incorrect, and to tender a sincere apology to the noble and learned Lord, the stipendiary for Birmingham, for having said incorrectly that he was older than the stipendiary for South Staffordshire. In case I should pass from one trouble to another, I wish also to apologise to the stipendiary of South Staffordshire for saying that he was younger than the stipendiary for Birmingham.
§ LORD LLEWELLIN
My Lords, my attention has also been drawn to this matter by the noble Lord, Lord Ilkeston, and I, too, would like to make a personal explanation and an apology to that noble and learned Lord. On this particular topic the noble Lord, Lord Merthyr and I were trying to achieve a better rate of pension, for stipendiary magistrates, and I then used these words:I do not know the age of the oldest stipendiary at the present moment, but I think he is ninety or thereabouts, and the reason why he stays is largely because there is not an adequate pension.I was quite unjustified in saying that the reason why either of these two gentlemen stayed was largely because there is not an adequate pension. I should also say that I was wrong in saying "ninety or thereabouts," because both of these gentlemen are only eighty-two.
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.