Mr. Edward M. Taylor:
Does the Secretary of State agree that according to Erskine May the last time that this happened was at a time of grave national crisis in 1944, in respect of fire Orders made in 1941? On that occasion an indemnity Bill had to be put before the House to indemnify the Secretary of State against the consequences.
Erskine May says:
The subsequent indemnity Act saved the Secretary of State from the consequences of the failure to lay and deemed the Regulations to have been laid but did not purport to declare their validity.'
Does this rule not completely conflict with the advice which the right hon. Gentleman has been given by the Lord Advocate?