§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of murder have(a) been brought and (b) been successfully prosecuted in the last 10 years in Scottish courts where a victim has died more than 366 days after the offence had taken place.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The period of 366 days is of no particular significance in Scotland and no such statistics are kept. There have, however, been cases in which a victim has survived for a number of months before succumbing to injuries sustained in an attack. Although problems of causation might arise, there is in principle no reason in Scotland why a prosecution for murder should not follow even after a year and a day.