HC Deb 01 May 1967 vol 746 cc82-3
35. Mr. Maddan

asked the Attorney-General when he expects the Director of Public Prosecutions to complete his inquiries into the affairs of Rolls Razor Limited.

The Attorney-General (Sir Elwyn Jones)

Police inquiries into this highly complex matter, involving several companies and individuals, are still in progress. It is hoped that they may be completed in a few months' time The Director of Public Prosecutions is unable to take any decision in the matter until the results of the police investigation are available.

Mr. Maddan

Is the Attorney-General aware that the inquiries by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police have been going on for 17 months and that they were preceded by a 17-months-long inquiry by the Board of Trade? Is it true that there are 14 tons of paper evidence and that only seven tons have so far been examined by the two officers concerned? Why does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman press the Government to strengthen the Fraud Squad and to drop the ridiculous restriction about a man having to be more than 5 feet 8 inches before being able to join the police?

The Attorney-General

I cannot confirm the accuracy of the figures relating to the tonnage of paper quoted by the hon. Gentleman, but this is a highly complex matter involving investigation into the affairs of several companies over a term of several years. The delay is regrettable; but the problem is not so much one of manpower but of the complexity and wide range of the facts to be investigated.