§ 10. Major - General Sir RICHARD LUCE
asked the Home Secretary whether any new system for taking statements in criminal cases has been adopted by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; and, if so, whether he will make a statement on the subject?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I am glad to have this opportunity of correcting the detailed but inaccurate and misleading reports which have appeared in certain newspapers to the effect that a Special Interrogation Department will be set up at New Scotland Yard, and that solicitors will be employed to take statements from witnesses. There is no authority for these reports, and there will be no change 570 in the existing practice pending the Report and recommendations of the Royal Commission which is now sitting.