HC Deb 14 June 1956 vol 554 c741
14. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the result of investigations into the sending of a copy of a confidential police report. Exhibit No. 36, to the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford, together with the copy of a letter alleging unlawful practices in connection with the disposal of Government surplus stocks.

Major Lloyd-George

As to the circulation of the confidential document, I am unable to add to my reply of 3rd May to the hon. Member. The writer of the letter has been identified and interviewed, and I am informed that no further police action is to be taken.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right non. and gallant Gentleman explain why, when the author of these letters alleging corrupt practices against civil servants has been identified, proceedings are not taken in court; or is there some special reason why these matters should not be brought into the daylight?

Major Lloyd-George

There is some doubt whether the circulation of this document is in fact a criminal offence. Regarding the allegations, I can only say that they are entirely without foundation.