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Meehan Case (Report)

Volume 22: debated on Wednesday 28 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to the reply of the Solicitor-General for Scotland to the hon. Member for Dundee, East on 24 February, Official Report, c. 856–57, he is yet able to give a date for the publication of the report by Lord Hunter on the Meehan case.

I am most grateful to Lord Hunter for the very full report that he has submitted to me concerning the murder of Mrs. Rachel Ross at Ayr in July 1969, under the terms of reference announced by my predecessor the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Craigton (Mr. Millan) on 24 March 1977.—[Vol. 928, c. 669–70.] As I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West (Lord James Douglas-Hamilton) on 18 December 1981— [Vol. 15, c. 243]—and as my hon. Friend the Solicitor-General for Scotland confirmed on 24 February last—[Vol. 18, c.

856–57]—there are a number of legal questions affecting publication, but it remains my intention to publish the report, and I hope to do so before the Summer Recess.