Is the Minister aware that a distance of 63 miles separates my constituency from Scotland? Is he aware that if any of my constituents wish to motor to Scotland, as often they do, and if while travelling that distance they commit a criminal offence and on conviction wish to appeal, they can do so to the House of Lords, but once they are over the Border into Scotland they cannot? As there is an Act of Union in existence, does not the hon. Gentleman think this is unjust?
This position has operated since the Act of Union and, so far as I know, nobody in Scotland is anxious to change it. I would point out that Scotsmen also suffer certain disabilities when they travel south of the Border.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in England a right of appeal in criminal cases was given some 50 years ago? Would he not think now of giving the same right to Scottish criminals?