§ 44. Mr. Sillars
asked the Lord Advocate how many public interviews, on matters for which they are responsible, have been given to the Press by Scottish Law Officers.
§ The Lord Advocate (Mr. Ronald King Murray)
One such interview was given by the Solicitor-General and some of his remarks were published in the Daily Record of 23rd April. No such interviews have been given by me.
§ Mr. Sillars
Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the Solicitor-General and the Daily Record should be congratulated on a first-class interview and a first-class article? Many people who read the article were deeply impressed by the Solicitor-General's fair highlighting of the strengths and weaknesses of Scottish law. As a token of open government, will my right hon. and learned Friend encourage this type of interview and this type of public discussion of a very important subject in Scotland?
§ The Lord Advocate
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for what he has said. The Solicitor-General for Scotland is present and he will also have heard it. No doubt the Thomson Committee on Criminal Procedure will make recommendations on this matter. There is a limit to what can be done without legislation, but I think that something can be done by means of a positive dialogue with the legal profession and with the courts, and I have initiated such a dialogue.