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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

I take the point that it is desirable that information should be given to families as early as possible. As I am sure Patricia Ferguson is aware, some things are outwith the control of the Crown Office or Police Scotland in that regard. However, we are keen that families should be kept as well informed as possible.

Johann Lamont referred to the public interest, as did other members. The Solicitor General for Scotland, in evidence to the Justice Committee, said:

“The family interest is part of the public interest”.—[Official Report, Justice Committee, 26 May 2015; c 17.]

I very much take the point and I reassure Johann Lamont that the family’s interest is included in the definition of “public interest”. The point has been well made and noted.