§ Mr. Lyons
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now make a further statement with reference to the case of an Austrian woman whose trial took place in camera in Glasgow on 23rd May; of what precise offence she was convicted; in what circumstances was the case considered in secret; whether any consultation took place with his Department on the matter; when and by whom was any statement made to the Press; and what action has now been taken in the matter?
§ The Lord Advocate
I now find that the original Press report of the proceedings in this case was inaccurate, and that the newspaper concerned has since published a correction and apology of which I am sending my hon. and learned Friend a copy. The accused was charged with a contravention of the Aliens Order, 1920, in respect of her failure to intimate a220W change of address, and she tendered a plea of guilty. The proceedings took place in open court. Thereafter, on the motion of the Procurator Fiscal, the Sheriff considered in Chambers the question of recommendation for deportation. No consultation took place with the Crown Office or the Scottish Office and no statement was issued to the Press. I understand that the question of deportation is now being considered on its merits by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.
I may add that I know of no precedent for a similar motion in a case of this kind, and I am giving instructions to ensure that in any future case the matter shall be referred to the Lord Advocate.