HC Deb 24 October 1979 vol 972 cc403-4
7. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to reach a decision as to whether he will recommend the use of the Royal Prerogative in relation to the case of ex-Police Sergeant Jamieson of Bo'ness.

Mr. Younger

I wrote to the hon. Gentleman on 28 September informing him that I had examined the case but found that there were no sufficient grounds to justify recommending the exercise of the Royal Prerogative in this case.

Mr. Dalyell

Will the Scottish Office consider holding an inquiry as to how well-experienced and respected police officers at Falkirk police station allowed three boys, allegedly victims of a brutal assault, to leave at 6 o'clock on a Sabbath morning to walk from Falkirk to Bo'ness?

Mr. Younger

I know the hon. Gentleman's very close concern with this question, which he has pursued very effectively, but I think that every possible inquiry about the background of the case has been thoroughly carried out. I do not think that there is much to be gained by any further inquiries at this stage.