§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give an undertaking that he will ensure that no person who has a case pending in Scotland before the Scottish courts will have his or her rights and freedoms under the law curtailed by time bar or prescription, as a result of industrial action; and what measures are necessary to achieve this;
(2) if he will give an undertaking that he will ensure that no person charged with a crime or offence in Scotland will have his or her case become subject to time bar as a result of industrial action;
(3) if he will guarantee to ensure that no person, institution or body who might have a claim within Scottish jurisdiction has their rights or freedoms under the law diminished or in any way adversely affected as a result of industrial action.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
My right hon. Friend, along with the Lord Advocate, is taking account of all these points in considering the question of emergency legislation.