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Personal Statement: The Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

My Lords, perhaps I may make a personal statement. I have to make an abject apology to the House. In answering a Question yesterday, I said to the noble Earl, Lord Onslow, that I was confident that,

“he understands the rules of sub judice, just as every other person in the House does”.—[Official Report, 4/7/06; col. 136.]

It is clear to me now that I was wrong and that the noble Earl understands them rather better. The rules of sub judice do not apply where the applicant has exhausted all available legal avenues in the United Kingdom, which the three bankers have. There are still sensitivities because, as I indicated to the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, yesterday, other cases on similar grounds are going through the courts. But, for having misled the House in that way, I give my wholehearted and unreserved apology to the House.