§ Mr. John Patten
In England and Wales, clause 30 of the Criminal Justice Bill will permit a child to give evidence at the Crown court by closed circuit television in sex abuse cases. The position in Scotland is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate; but. I understand that the Scottish Law Commission is considering the law of evidence in criminal proceedings, and that the Lord Advocate has asked it to look at the giving of evidence by children in sex abuse cases, including the possible use of closed circuit television.