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Criminal Procedure(Scotland)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Lord Advocate if he will invite the Scottish Law Commission to consider the question of criminal procedure.

No, Sir. This is being considered by a departmental committee under the chairmanship of Lord Thomson. The Scottish Law Commission has submitted comments, and a former commissioner, Lord Stewart, is a member of that committee. The commission's views will no doubt be reflected in the departmental committee's conclusions in due course.

When the Lord Advocate sees the Scottish Law Commission, will he make publicly plain in Scotland the opinion of the Attorney-General in England that dislike, disapproval, or ignorance of the law are no good reason for breaking it?

I agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman that the Attorney-General has no jurisdiction in Scotland.