Questioning of Suspects (Tape Recordings)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General for Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th December 1982.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar , Glasgow Garscadden 12:00 am, 15th December 1982

Why are the Solicitor-General and his colleagues in the Scottish Office refusing to publish the report prepared by the Scottish Home and Health Department in the first two years of the experiment? Is it not wrong and a serious discourtesy to the House that we have to rely on selective leaks to the press? Does not such a procedure damage rather than protect the police? To refute the suggestion in The Economist this week that the police have systematically avoided tape recording by preliminary interviews before the suspect is taken to the police station, should not the Government publish the report in full so that we can make a judgment on the evidence?