Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

Is the Prime Minister aware that the present situation is extremely unsatisfactory and alarming? He must be aware that recent reports in both The Guardian and the Sunday People indicate that information about private individuals can be obtained from Government Departments and local authorities with relative ease, but information that the public are entitled to have is deliberately prevented by the Government from getting out. The Government put in Scotland Yard or somebody else to find out what was leaked about British Rail, which is of immediate public concern, yet details of the private affairs of individuals can be obtained, to such a degree—[Horn. MEMBERS: "Too long."]—that Scotland Yard went to a private detective agency a few months ago and took away information about 250,000 individuals.