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"The First 24 Months"

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of "The First 24 Months", the report prepared by the Scottish Home and Health Department on the recent experiments in the tape recording of the questioning of suspects carried out at police stations in Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

No. This is an interim internal report on the experimental tape recording of police interviews in Scotland. To publish it would jeopardise the free and frank exchanges upon which the success of the experiment depends. In view of recent press reports I should make it clear that in these exchanges, and at all stages of the experiment, we have had the full and ready co-operation of the police.