Alison Halford

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones , Alyn and Deeside 12:00 am, 20th February 1997

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the European Court of Human Rights and Ms Alison Halford, former assistant chief constable of Merseyside. [15283]

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

As Ms Halford's case is currently before the European Court of Human Rights, it would not be right for me to comment on it.

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones , Alyn and Deeside

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree to see me and Ms Halford to discuss this complicated matter? Will the Department make an apology to my constituent for tapping her office telephone, on the understanding that she was an excellent crime buster and not a criminal? Will the Department seriously and urgently consider compensation for my constituent, who has suffered a grave injustice? Some uniformed officers have a great deal to answer for in that distressing case.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

No. The hon. Gentleman's constituent has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights and that litigation must take its course.

Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North

As Home Secretary in a mature democracy whose courts have an unrivalled reputation throughout the world, has my right hon. and learned Friend ever been tempted to seek to withdraw the United Kingdom from the jurisdiction of that foreign court?

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I am frequently tempted by all sorts of things, but the advantages of our continued adherence to the European convention on human rights and the European Court outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, I think that we should continue to adhere to that convention.