HC Deb 30 July 1998 vol 317 cc525-6
29. Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow)

How many of his officials are engaged in cases before the International Court of Justice. [51716]

The Attorney-General


Mr. Dalyell

In view of the careful and obviously considered form of words used by the Prime Minister in the House on 22 July in respect of Lockerbie, who in the Government is causing the delay of an announcement that there will be a trial in The Hague under Scottish rules of justice and under a Scottish judge nominated by the Prime Minister; and why is the delay being caused?

The Attorney-General

I know of my hon. Friend's long interest in the matter. I read carefully his speech in the Adjournment debate of 21 July and he has confirmed that he followed closely the considered reply of the Prime Minister on 22 July, which the whole House heard. I have nothing to add to that reply.

Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York)

May I press the Attorney-General further? The House should be in a position before the recess to know when the case will be brought to trial.

The Attorney-General

That is a matter not for me, but for the Lord Advocate.