HC Deb 14 March 1984 vol 56 c156W
43. Mr. Fairbairn

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland if he will modify the rule whereby advocates-depute must obtain the permission of a Law Officer before accepting a reduced plea in serious cases in the High Court.

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

No. The rule applies in murder or rape cases only. Permission is not required after the reading of evidence has begun.