The Crown Office issued the following statement on 6 March 2008 (for background see No 736):

After very full and careful consideration of the report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Crown Counsel has concluded that a prosecution would not be appropriate in the full circumstances of this case.In coming to this decision, Crown Counsel had regard to the fact that:* there is a degree of uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of these provisions* Miss Alexander sought the advice of the Clerk to the Standards committee in relation to this matter * a voluntary disclosure was made to the Electoral Commission * the issues raised by the case might more appropriately be dealt with by the Standards, Procedures and Public appointments committee.


The statement added: In accordance with normal practice in relation to allegations against senior political figures known to them