§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the offices of Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Scotland, and of Deputy Clerk-Registrar, have been vacant since the death of Sir J. Patten MacDougall, K.C.B., in March last; who is at present performing the duties; whether these posts can be filled by the promotion of the acting heads of the Departments concerned; and whether, if minor legislation is required for this purpose, it can be expedited with a view to securing for these Departments a full and efficient staff?1185W
§ Mr. MUNRO
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The duties are being carried on for the present by the officers next in command. The question of the future administration of the two Departments is receiving consideration in connection with the relative Statutes, and if it is decided that further legislation is required it will be introduced as soon as possible. I can, of course, give no promise in regard to individuals other than that due regard will be paid to the claims and qualifications of existing officers, so far as the Statutes permit.