HC Deb 29 November 1928 vol 223 cc569-70
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?


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 in the existing practice pending the Report and recommendations of the Royal Commission which is now sitting.