§ Mr. Maclennan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had about the conduct of Sheriff Ewen Stewart; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lang
Following representations, including representations from Members of this House, and in the light of the observations of Sheriff Principal R. A. Bennett QC in a recent case, I have concluded that it would be appropriate for an investigation to be undertaken of the fitness for office of Sheriff Ewen Stewart. I have therefore asked the Lord President and Lord Justice Clerk to carry out such an investigation under the provisions of section 12 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971.