Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which day staff from Porton Down alerted (a) the police and (b) Ministers about the error that had been made in statements issued that ricin had been found in the flat occupied by Kamel Bourgass; and what action was taken by (i) the police and (ii)Ministers when it was found that an error had been made.
Charles Clarke (Home Secretary; Norwich South, Labour)
An initial test conducted by Dstl Porton Down on
Ricin was identified and confirmed on
The Prosecuting Counsel (Mr. Sweeney QC), Crown Prosecution Service, was verbally informed of the ricin test result at a case conference on
Further tests on the first exhibit on 27/
We do not have a record of the date this information was passed from the police to the Home Office and subsequently to Ministers.