HC Deb 18 December 1981 vol 15 c243W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the report by Lord Hunter on the murder of Mrs. Rachel Ross in 1969 was submitted to him on the basis that sections of it could not be published.

Mr. Younger

When Lord Hunter presented to me on 25 August last his report on the whole circumstances of the murder in 1969 of Mrs. Rachel Ross, he stated in it his assumptions that his responsibility would end with its submission to me, that any responsibility for the publication of the report or any of its contents was not a matter for him, and that, when publication of the report or any of its contents came under consideration, regard would be had at that stage to any rules of law affecting such publication. Lord Hunter did not intimate, contrary to a suggestion in the press, that sections of his report could not be published.