The statement below was issued by
the Scottish Trades Union Congress

News release : 29 May 2008

STUC news release, 29 May 2008


The families of those killed in the ICL/Stockline disaster have voiced concerns over plans to impose means testing on those wishing to have legal representation during the forthcoming Public Inquiry.

Speaking on behalf of the families Ian Tasker, STUC Assistant Secretary said:

“ The families are totally dismayed at the decision to apply means testing to assess if they will have access to legal representation at the public expense.

“They are also extremely angry at the failure of Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill to deliver his commitment to the families, made at a meeting on the 14 May to contact the Westminster Government to resolve the situation.

“The original Ministerial Declaration issued on 21 February is ambiguous and does not reflect the discussion that took place with Minister in both Parliaments throughout the campaign for the Inquiry.”

The families are demanding the Scottish Government act quickly to rectify this situation and provide an explanation as to why no such representation has been made in the fortnight since we met the Cabinet Secretary”.


For Further Information Contact

Ian Tasker 07974 966227

Notes to Editors

The Ministerial Declaration can be found on the ICL Inquiry Website [pdf]


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