Why did he say that he had read the relevant documents and did not consider them to be of any use to the defence for the foreseeable future? What explanation can there be, other than that so able and experienced a lawyer was trying, quite improperly, to protect Ministers, even though it meant that directors of Matrix Churchill could land up in prison? And, please, do not hide behind the skirts of Lord Justice Scott.
Alan Moses is independent counsel of high standing and integrity. Instead of casting aspersions in his own way, the hon. Gentleman should await the outcome of the careful and independent inquiry being conducted by Lord Justice Scott.
Is not it the case that the defence counsel in the Matrix trial wrote to The Times and stated specifically that Mr. Alan Moses for the Crown had behaved perfectly properly in every way and had performed in accordance with decided cases? Is not it, therefore, an appalling slur on Mr. Moses that the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) has totally refused to consult the defence counsel before making his allegation?
My hon. and learned Friend draws attention to a letter which is in the public domain and which could well be consulted by the House generally. I suggest that it gives a more balanced view than that of earlier questioners.