As a descendant kinsman of your distinguished predecessor, the late
Lord Ardwell, I am writing to request justification for the 100-year
embargo on documents and official information relating to the Dunblane
massacre in 1997.
is my understanding that there is no statutory authority for such
an embargo that appears to be at unequivocal odds with freedom of
information legislation and the public interest which remains considerable.
Indeed public suspicion has been heightened by the excessive length
of silence imposed. This has led to a widely-held concern that
certain senior politicians at the very heart of government may have
been implicated in the tragic events at Dunblane where so many innocent
children were murdered and they therefore must have something extremely
serious to hide.
it is a fact of life that eventually, sooner or later, the truth will
always emerge. Nothing can ever be so wicked that those responsible
for upholding the law, should seek to conceal the truth rather than
fulfil their duty by bringing those accused of wrong-doing to justice.
The longer this process is delayed, the more serious for all concerned
and the deeper public suspicion becomes. If on the other hand
there is no question of impropriety or wrong-doing, then there can
surely be no possible reason for any embargo. The fact that
there is an embargo, and an uniquely long one, implies that there
is a great deal to hide and a political determination to ensure that
it remains hidden for several generations. It is unacceptable
for this cloud to overhang Parliament.
not believe there can be any justification for this embargo and especially
if there is no legal authority to maintain it, it must surely be your
responsibility and duty as the first law officer in Scotland to take
appropriate action in the public interest.
the honour to be, my Lord, yours truly,
John Gouriet & late Norris McWhirter CBE; Committee: Lord Pearson
Frederick Forsyth CBE Edward Fox OBE David Hempleman-Adams Capt. John
Hutchinson FRAeS FRIN
Dr. Lindsay Jenkins David Shepherd OBE Editor: Roy Faiers Treasurer:
C.J.K. Arkell FTCA
Legal Advisers: Leolin Price CBE QC John Bingley