Cameron House Hotel on fire; Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley,the two young men who died; Jackie Baillie MSP and James Wolffe, Lord Advocate.

By Democrat reporter

Dumbarton and Lomond MSP Jackie Baillie has raised questions about the fatal fire at Cameron House in the Scottish Parliament.

The MSP used a Justice and Law Officers question to ask the Lord Advocate when the Crown Office will release its findings from the investigation into the fatal fire in December 2017.

The Lord Advocate advised MSPs that the investigation is currently under the direction of a depute advocate and like other investigations of this nature it has technical issues which require input from experts.

He stated that a decision into whether a prosecution will be lodged will only be reached on receipt of final reports from Police Scotland and other investigative organisations. This point has not yet been reached.

The MSP told the chamber that it has now been almost two years since the incident, and families have been patient but are keen to understand what happened to their loved ones. The Lord Advocate could not give any indication of when a decision will be reached.

Jackie Baillie said: “While I appreciate that it is right and proper that the criminal justice process is allowed to run its course, to ensure that the investigation is thorough, it has now been almost two years with no answers.

“The families of those who lost their lives have been incredibly patient but it is disappointing that the Lord Advocate could give no inclination of when a decision may be reached.

“I hope that another Christmas does not go by without answers for the families, and for my constituents.”

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