Results 161–180 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan police (Civilian Staff) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Yes, and I trust that the hon. Gentleman will be able to read the handbook very soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan police (Civilian Staff) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I can only say that I do not know why the GLC is raising all that money from ratepayers when the GLC has no responsibility for the Metropolitan police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas Cartridges (Liverpool Incident) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: On 16 December I answered a question from the hon. Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan) about representations to me about CS and baton rounds, which included those that I had received asking for such an inquiry. I have received no further representations on this matter since then.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas Cartridges (Liverpool Incident) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman agrees that we must not prejudice the civil proceedings. I cannot give that assurance, because the situation will depend upon what happens in the proceedings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Community Committees ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Consultative groups, reflecting the guidelines that I issued in June, are now operating in eight boroughs or districts in the Metropolitan police district. Agreement in principle to set up similar groups has been reached in a further 12 and discussions are continuing in other areas. Given that wide-ranging discussions within the local community are a necessary preliminary to the formation of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Community Committees ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have done that ever since the Scarman report was published. I am grateful to all hon. Members on both sides of the House who are taking part in the consultative groups in London and who are playing an important part in them. I hope that some of the councils that are considering excluding Members of Parliament from some of these groups will realise the importance of having Members of...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: On the evening of Friday 14 January, officers of the Metropolitan Police, charged with the pursuit and recapture of an escaped suspect, shot and seriously injured Mr. Stephen Waldorf. The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has already made it clear that this shooting arose from mistaken identity and has expressed his deep regret at what occurred. I am sure that the House will agree with...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The answer to the right hon. Gentleman's final point is that I accept the challenge and will do exactly that. With regard to investigations, it must be right—I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will agree—for the legal problem to be examined in the first instance. That is why I have ensured that a preliminary report will go to the Director of Public Prosecutions as early as tomorrow...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand that, in the first instance, what I have said must be correct and is what has always happened in the past, but I will consider what the right hon. Gentleman has said.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have said, and I repeat, first, that I believe that the existing rules are stringent and explicit. I have also said that in the light of the reports that will certainly come and should be examined extremely rigorously I should expect to come before the House if it were proved that we had to revise the regulations in any way.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: In the first instance, that must be a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions. I cannot go further than that now.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The answer to my hon. Friend's first point is that I accept that it is extremely important that the position of police officers when dealing with violent crime in our society today should be properly recognised. I believe that all hon. Members would accept that. I know my hon. Friend's views on deterrents to crime. He has put them to the House on the issue of capital punishment as a...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The hon. Gentleman has placed a construction on the Metropolitan Police briefing, or what he says was the Metropolitan Police briefing. If that was the effect of the briefing, I would not accept it. The question must, of course, be whether firearms were properly used in any particular case. I have discussed that on many occasions with the previous Commissioner. I have not discussed it with...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: With regard to the hon. Gentleman's first point, I take the duties of the Home Secretary's job as police authority for the metropolis extremely seriously. Indeed, in view of some of the many incidents that have happened to me over the past few years, if I did not take them seriously I should be a remarkable person. I assure the hon. Gentleman that I most certainly do. If I were to go into...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: As I should expect, my hon. Friend has correctly stated the position. I believe that the speed with which the Commissioner has acted, in particular in preparing to send an initial report to the Director of Public Prosecutions tomorrow morning—in probably an unprecedented short time—is what the House and the country would expect of him.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It would be wrong for me to comment on the hon. Gentleman's last point, because of the possibility of legal proceedings. It involves something that has been printed in the press, but which I can neither confirm nor deny. The figures that I have given for the number of times that firearms were drawn and the number of shots fired in recent years and on the minimal number of people injured show...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his first remarks. The rules are constantly reviewed. All officers are instructed in them during the considerable training that they receive before they are allowed to use firearms.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I shall certainly consider that request.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Having properly refused, in advance of consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions, to comment on the incident, I should be wrong to do so now. Of course it is true that when people are using firearms and violence is created we place considerable responsibilities on our police force. That must be understood. I believe that the figures that I have quoted show that in the main they are...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I promised to publish the relevant extracts of the Metropolitan Police rules, and I have done that. I shall examine the question of publishing Home Office guidelines to other police forces. I have said what I thought I should do—publish the extract from the Metropolitan Police rules, as the problem relates to the Metropolitan Police force on this occasion.


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