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Pub Bombings

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers of the west midlands serious crime squad have been suspended; how many of these were involved in the preparation of evidence that led to the prosecution of the Birmingham Six; and if he will make a statement.

I understand from the chief constable of the West Midlands that five officers who have previously been members of the serious crime squad are currently suspended from duty, and that none of these was involved in interviewing those convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times, and under what powers, officers of the Metropolitan police have interviewed either Paul Hill or Gerard Conlon since their acquittal on charges arising from the Guildford and Woolwich public house bombings.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that Metropolitan police officers have stopped Paul Hill once since his acquittal. The examination was part of routine checks at Heathrow airport under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989.