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Police Interrogations (Oral Statements)

Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to observations of Lord Justice Lawton in Regina v Turner and Others that something must be done, as quickly as possible, to make evidence about oral statements to the police difficult to challenge or to concoct; and if he will expedite the work of the feasibility study into this problem.

The steering committee which my right hon. Friend has appointed to consider the feasibility of an experiment in tape recording police interrogations is about to begin its work. We shall draw Lord Justice Lawton's remarks to the committee's attention.