HC Deb 04 February 1937 vol 319 cc1776-7
85. Mr. Cassells

asked the Lord Advocate whether the police and Crown Office investigations into the murder of a bank clerk in the employment of the Clydesdale Bank, Clydebank, are finally concluded, in so far as tracing the alleged murderer is concerned?

The Lord Advocate (Mr. T. M. Cooper)

I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave the hon. Member on this subject on Thursday last.

Mr. Cassells

That is the answer I expected. Is the Lord Advocate aware that statements have appeared in the public Press to the effect that information has been furnished by the Crown Office Department naming a particular person, now dead, in connection with this crime, and that this particular person never had the opportunity of defending himself; and does not the Lord Advocate, in these special circumstances, consider it reasonable and proper that he should make a statement to the public?

The Lord Advocate

I have seen the Press report to which the hon. Member refers. The information did not emanate from the Crown Office, and I have no responsibility for it.

Mr. Cassells

May I have an assurance from the Lord Advocate that there is no justification for the statement whatever?