asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in the light of the comments of the lay observer concerning the case of Mr. R. Summerbell, of Bein Cottage, Glenfarg, he will bring forward legislation to empower the lay observer to take solicitors before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal.
The lay observer does not report to my right hon. Friend on individual cases. I have noted the recommendation made in paragraph 26 of the report for 1976–77 of the first lay observer, the right hon. Margaret Herbison, which I shall consider further in the light of any views expressed by her successor, whose report for 1977–78 I expect to receive shortly.