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Mr Peter Cahill

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a full statement as to the circumstances surrounding the death of Peter Cahill at Brixton police station on 13 February and if he will institute an inquiry to discover in particular why, when he had been found collapsed outside King's College hospital from which he had just been discharged, he was taken into police custody rather than returned into hospital care.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Cahill will be the subject of a public inquest to be held by the Southwark coroner, before a jury, on 2 April. It would not therefore be appropriate at present for me to make any statement or institute an inquiry.