§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will investigate the circumstances in which a prisoner from Peterhead prison held a student nurse as a hostage for 90 minutes at Woodend hospital, Aberdeen, on Saturday 18 January; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The incident on 18 January is the subject of investigation by the police. I cannot comment on the events which occurred while these matters are under investigation and, therefore, sub-judice.