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Metropolitan Police

Volume 895: debated on Thursday 17 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present stage of investigations into allegations of corruption arising out of the pornography trade in the West End of London against senior officers of the Metropolitan Police; and whether he will make a statement.

I understand that, since I answered a similar Question by my hon. Friend on 11th February—[Vol. 886, c. 77]—additional reports on these investigations have been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Further inquiries remain to be completed, however, and it would not be appropriate for me to make any statement.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will draw up and publish regulations governing the circumstances under which senior Metropolitan Police officers give evidence on behalf of persons charged with serious criminal offences.

No. A police officer, like anyone else, must respond to a subpoena. If my hon. Friend has any particular problem in mind perhaps he will let me know.