asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has now received the detailed information for which he asked last week in order that he might institute an inquiry into allegations against the police contained in a letter recently published in "The New Statesman," written by a correspondent whose real name was not published.
Would my right hon. Friend consider, in spite of the refusal of the chief accuser to come forward, whether any other action could be taken in this case apart from a statutory inquiry?
No, Sir. One cannot have an inquiry unless one has some evidence to start on. If evidence is produced that the police were, on this or any other occasion, negligent in the carrying out of their clear duty an investigation will take place, but there must be evidence on which to make a start.
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the police now know the identity of the writer, that they at once visited his employers and that he got the sack? Is it not a fact that the act of victimisation which the man feared and which the right hon. Gentleman said could not take place has been brought about by the police themselves?