HC Deb 01 May 1963 vol 676 cc1048-9
6. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what access to police files and records is given to ex-policemen subsequently employed as security staff with other organisations.

Mr. Noble

I understand that ex-police officers employed as security staff by commercial and other similar organisations do not have access to police records.

Mr. Carmichael

Is the Secretary of State aware that there is a widespread belief among the public, with some evidence, admittedly very difficult to substantiate, that these officers are employed precisely because of their close association with the police force, their knowledge of police methods and their informal association with policemen? Will he take steps to ensure that there is absolutely no access, either official or unofficial, to police records by ex-policemen employed in these jobs?

Mr. Noble

As far as I am aware, there is no such connection, and it is difficult for me to deal with rumours that may be current. If the hon. Gentleman knows, or hears, of a particular case, I hope that he will bring it to my notice, because I agree with him on the principle.