Scott Inquiry

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 1994.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche , Hornsey and Wood Green 12:00 am, 31st October 1994

To ask the Attorney-General what requests his Department has received to give further evidence to the Scott inquiry.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Attorney General (Law Officers)

Since 12 May 1994 when I last answered a question on this subject, three officials in the Departments for which I have ministerial responsibility have been asked to give some further evidence in writing.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche , Hornsey and Wood Green

In consideration of that further evidence, does the Attorney-General now agree with Lord Justice Scott that it is unthinkable that public interest immunity was used to cover documents in the Matrix Churchill affair? Will he answer my question with a straight yes or no?

Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Attorney General (Law Officers)

The answer to the hon. Lady's first question is a matter for Lord Justice Scott, so I shall not answer that one. And I do not believe that she correctly quotes him in any event.