Procurator Fiscal (Staff Vacancies)

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General for Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr William McKelvey Mr William McKelvey , Kilmarnock and Loudoun 12:00 am, 19th June 1985

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland if he will list the vacancies in the Procurator Fiscal's Department.

Photo of Mr Peter Fraser Mr Peter Fraser , Angus East

As at 31 May 1985 there were vacancies for five legal assistants, one executive officer and nine typing posts.

Photo of Mr William McKelvey Mr William McKelvey , Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Because of the worsening working conditions of the service of the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland, has the Solicitor-General had any indication from the staff that they intend to take some form of industrial action, which may culminate in strike action, to pursue their claims? If they put pickets on a Crown Office building, which police force will monitor their activities?

Photo of Mr Peter Fraser Mr Peter Fraser , Angus East

Unfortunately for the hon. Gentleman, he got the wrong answer. He was anticipating that the number of vacancies would be increasing rather than decreasing. In any event, such is my respect for the procurator fiscal service as a whole that I have no doubt that industrial action of the sort that he suggests would be considered wholly inappropriate.