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Police Information (Confidentiality)

Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of the intelligence collected and evaluated by the Criminal Intelligence Branch of the Metropolitan Police is disseminated to the Parole Board, the Summary Board, or any other body.

The bodies to which police information is made available and the nature of that information are set out in Home Office Circular No. 140/ 1973, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The general principle is that no information is given to anyone, however responsible, unless there are strong considerations of public interest which justify departure from this general rule. In accordance with this principle, my Department brings to the attention of the Parole Board information available to the police which may be relevant to the release of a prisoner on licence.