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Senior Police Officer's (Public Statements)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why, in view of the growing practice of senior police officers using the media to declare their personal views on politically controversial matters which fall within the purview of Ministers, he will not take steps to require such statements to be cleared by Ministers in the same way as applies to statements made by civil servants.

The Government are not responsible for the statements of chief constables.