Operation Midland Independent Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:38 pm on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department 6:38 pm, 7th October 2019

I am sorry that the exigencies of operational independence, plus the fact that Mr Beech has lodged an appeal against his conviction, naturally limit what I am able to say, which may come as a disappointment to some of those against whom false allegations were made. However, on my right hon. Friend’s second point, as I said earlier, it is absolutely right that the House looks at how the protections, privileges and, indeed, power exercised by hon. Members on an almost daily basis are used responsibly by finding some mechanism to ensure that those who would seek to use them irresponsibly cannot do so.