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Newspapers (Crime Reporting)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will institute discussions between his Department, the Press and police forces with a view to setting out guidelines for co-operation between the police and the Press during major incidents and inquiries into serious crime.

Chief officers of police are responsible for the conduct of relations between their forces and the Press. I believe that there has been a general improvement in these relations in recent years, and I shall consider whether there is anything I can usefully do to help maintain this trend.