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Armed Forces: Scotland

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in discussions with the Scottish Executive on the repatriation of members of the armed forces killed in action abroad and whose families wish an inquest to take place in Scotland under the fatal accident inquiry system; and if he will make a statement. (250664)

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: The then Defence Secretary wrote to Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Communications, on 27 March 2008 seeking a way forward to enable investigations to take place in Scotland into service deaths overseas. We received a response on 19 November. I wrote to Mr. MacAskill on 15 January with proposals for resolving this issue quickly. I have received a constructive reply and I hope we will now be able to find a way forward without further delay.