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Children's Panels

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 30 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what are the powers of the children's panels in relation to access to all relevant files on the children appearing before them, or their families: on whose discretion panel members are given access to such files; and what is the authority for this arrangement;(2) for what purpose he introduced rule 13 on the conduct of children's panels relating to the custody of persons by police or prison officers; and on what date it became effective;(3) for what reasons he did not reappoint to the children's panels in Ayrshire Mr. Alexander Baird and Mr. Ian Bigham; on what date this action became effective; and what representations he has received on this matter.