§ Lord Campbell of Alloway
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Pursuant to Earl Ferrers' reply of today, whether, having made all due investigations into alleged war crimes under the War Crimes Act 1991, the Scottish police have concluded that there is not sufficient evidence on which to charge any person ordinarily resident or domiciled in Scotland, and that the question of an arrest of such person to be brought to trial in England cannot arise.
§ The Lord Advocate (Lord Rodger of Earlsferry)
The War Crimes Act 1991 extends to Scotland.
A specialised Crown Office Unit was formed in May 1991 to investigate allegations that persons living in Scotland were responsible for war crimes committed during the Second World War. After extensive enquiries in the United Kingdom and overseas, Crown Counsel decided that there was not sufficient available evidence for a criminal prosecution in any of the cases reported to them. In each case the appropriate jurisdiction was Scotland and the question of a trial in England and Wales does not arise.