HC Deb 09 July 1964 vol 698 cc609-10
26. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now make a statement about his inquiries into the possibility of a miscarriage of justice in the case of Mr. Henry Scudder, of Slade Green, who was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment on 12th May, 1960; what stage the inquiries have reached; and when they are likely to be completed.

Miss Pike

My right hon. Friend has received this week a comprehensive report from the police of their further inquiries into this case. The report is being urgently studied and I hope to be in a position to inform the hon. Member of the outcome at an early date.

Mr. Dodds

I thank the hon. Lady for that statement. I recognise that this has been done speedily. Will she also recognise that this man has been deprived of his liberty for four years without seeming to get even rough justice? I should be very pleased, therefore, if she would expedite the decision?

Miss Pike

We shall move in this matter as quickly as possible.