Prime Minister (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Ruth Davidson Ruth Davidson Conservative

Last week, I asked the First Minister whether he would establish a public inquiry into the unfolding baby ashes scandal. In response, he replied that if I wanted to

“make the case for why a national public inquiry would benefit the bereaved parents” he would

“of course look at that.”—[Official Report, 30 May 2013; c 20505.]

This week, I wrote to him laying out that case. Parents are calling for a public inquiry and they are upset that they are not directly involved in Lord Bonomy’s review. Further, it has emerged this week that crematorium workers who were involved in the disposal of babies’ remains will not be called to give evidence. Lord Bonomy’s review will not give those who have suffered loss the answers that they need and deserve. Does the First Minister agree that, in those circumstances, the case for a public inquiry is now stronger than ever?