§ MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will return to ex-sergeant Drummond, of the M Division of the Metropolitan Police, any documents that he may have received from him, either directly or indirectly, in connection with the charges-made against him, and which resulted on 27th June, 1887, in his being reduced in rank; and whether he will allow the solicitor of Drummond to have a copy of the letter of complaint made against him by Mr. Simmonds?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. STUART WORTLEY, Sheffield, Hallam)
The only documents still in the possession of the Home Office, and which have not been returned to Drummond, are petitions and statements by him which have been registered as official documents, and it would be contrary to practice to return them; but copies will be furnished to Drummond's solicitor at his expense if he desires it. The letter of complaint is not at the Home Office, but with the Commissioner of Police, who has been advised that he should adhere to the general rule, and should not disclose communications of that nature.