Commenting on the response from Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland about Crown Office investigations into the Jim Clark Rally tragedy, South Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today said:
“It’s entirely reasonable and correct that due process should be followed very carefully in the aftermath of the tragedy of last year’s rally. That is quite correct, and both the public and the families of those tragically killed would expect no less than the most thorough investigation.
“Understandably, organisers are anxious to get on and begin making arrangements for next year’s race. I hope that Crown Office investigations can conclude before too long so that local people and the many visitors who come to the Borders for the rally can enjoy next year’s event safely.”
Note to editors,
A copy of Mr Hume’s parliamentary question and the answer received is shown below.
Index Heading: Crown Office
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office report into the Jim Clark Rally tragedy will be published.
Frank Mulholland QC:
Investigations into the circumstances at the Jim Clark Rally in May 2014 are currently ongoing by the Health and Safety Division (HSD) at Crown Office. These investigations are to determine whether there will be any criminal proceedings arising out of the events and thereafter to decide whether there should be an Inquiry. An interim report by HSD has been considered by Crown Counsel and further investigations including expert reports have been instructed. Once the further enquiries have been completed the matter will be reported back to Crown Counsel to take a final decision. Although the decision in relation to criminal proceedings or an Inquiry will be made public, reports from investigating agencies and Procurators Fiscal are confidential and are not published.