§ 2. Mr. Eric Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered a letter dated 21st July, 1948, and several reminders, from the Worshipful Company of Solicitors with regard to the procedure applied to persons being held for questioning by the police; and when he is proposing to reply.
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)
I have sent to my hon. Friend a copy of the reply sent to the Worshipful Company of Solicitors on the 20th instant.
§ Mr. Fletcher
In view of the extraordinary delay of nearly a year in answering a relatively simple question on a matter of considerable importance, could the Home Secretary assure the House that there has been no change in the procedure of the police regarding persons held for questioning and that they are still told that they can decline to answer questions and can have the assistance of 1416 a friend or legal representative if they so desire?
§ Mr. Sydney Silverman
Will my right hon. Friend make it perfectly clear that nobody in this country, police or anybody else, has any right to hold or detain anybody unless he is prepared to make a charge?