BBC Scotland in Holyrood talks

BBC Scotland is to meet members of the Lord Fraser Inquiry team to thrash out a solution to the Holyrood tapes controversy.

BBC Scotland controller Ken McQuarrie said he hoped the talks would end the current impasse in which Lord Fraser claimed untransmitted interviews with former First Minister Donald Dewar and the architect Eric Miralles, both now dead, could contain vital information of the £380m overspend on the Scottish Parliament’s new home at Holyrood.

MSPs have already backed off from demanding that BBC Scotland release 200 hours of untransmitted material for the documentary The Gathering Place. A motion from the Scottish Tories insisting parliamentary powers be used to force the BBC to hand over the material to the inquiry was defeated by 92 votes to 25.

Instead, MSPs supported a Liberal Democrat amendment urging both sides to reach a deal.

By Hamish Mackay

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