SNP deputy justice minister, Michael Matheson, said:
“The explanation to date about the 100 -year rule was that it was put in place to protect the interests of children named in the Central Police report. How can that explanation stand when children aren’t named? The 100-year rule needs to be re-examined with respect to all documents.”
Matheson also wrote to the then Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd (24 February 2000 until his resignation on 4 October 2006), asking why the 100-year rule applies and how it can be revoked. He didn’t get a response. He also asked the then First Minister Jack McConnell to explain the reasons for the 100-year order but received ‘no substantial answer’. Matheson wrote to Colin Boyd a second time, in the light of the discovery that more than 100 other documents are also sealed, asking him to account for the decision.
At the time a spokeswomen for the Crown Office said:
“In consultation with the Crown Office and the Scottish Office, Lord Cullen agreed that in line with the age of some of the individuals involved and named in the inquiry, the closure period would be 100 years. The Lord Advocate is considering issuing a redacted copy of the productions, which would blank out identifying details of children and their families. A decision on this has yet to be made.”
We can see time and time again that despite these probing request the Scottish Legal system suppressed all inquires not only regarding this Dunblame Massacre but also continue on in a similar way with Hollie Greig!