I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been drawn to the account of proceedings in a recent trial at Edinburgh before Lord Young, in which, after the charge to the jury, and before the jury had considered their verdict, a juror asked if there were any previous convictions against the prisoner, and Lord Young replied, "Oh, a lot of them, but they are not to be taken into account until you have returned your verdict"; and whether this reply was not against the spirit of the Criminal Law Procedure Act?
§ *MR. J. P. B. ROBERTSON
I have no information other than that contained in a newspaper paragraph. If the hon. Member desires full information perhaps he will give notice of the question.