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Secret Societies

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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to ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has for requiring members of the judiciary to disclose membership of secret societies; and if he will make a statement. [13467]

The Home Affairs Committee, of which my hon. Friend is now the Chairman, recommended shortly before the election that police officers, magistrates, judges and crown prosecutors should be required to register membership of any secret society. The Government are considering the recommendations contained in that report and will respond to the Committee in due course.