Police (Coloured Immigrants)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 27th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about police prejudice and brutality against coloured immigrants and what reply he has sent.

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I have not for some time received any such representations, in terms specific enough to enable in vestigations to be made.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton

While I have no personal knowledge about whether the allegations made by the organisation known as C.A.R.D. are justified—they have received some publicity in the Press—may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he would agree that at least they should be fully investigated and, if found to be justified, that the police officers concerned should be treated with some severity?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

The C.A.R.D. Report mentioned 43 cases, of which five referred to the police. But they were anonymous cases, and it would not be possible or desirable to proceed without information from and the permission of C.A.R.D. But I am sure that chief police officers throughout the country are in no doubt at all of my view that it is most important that good relations should be preserved between the police and the coloured community.