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Statements (Tape Recording)

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland what discussions he has had recently with procurators fiscal about tape recording of statements by suspects in police stations.

I have had no such discussions recently with procurators fiscal. The report of the working party supervising the experiment was published on 29 August 1985 and a consultation paper has been issued inviting comments from interested bodies prior to 31 December 1985. A decision will thereafter be made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State as to whether tape-recording of police interviews should be introduced in Scotland on a formal basis.