HC Deb 20 May 1971 vol 817 c1507
21. Mr. Willey

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigation is being made about the death of Stephen McCarthy, an escapee from a borstal institution.

Mr. Maudling

Allegations that the police assaulted Stephen McCarthy have been investigated but have not been substantiated. I have inquired into the medical treatment which he received at Wormwood Scrubs and at Dover borstal and I am satisfied that he received all reasonable attention and care.

Mr. Willey

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply. Is he aware that in cases such as this it would be far better to have an independent open inquiry?

Mr. Maudling

This case was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is a wholly independent person.

Mr. John D. Grant

Is the Home Secretary aware that the case has now been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for investigation of further aspects? Is he also aware that tonight I am meeting the Southwark coroner to discuss another aspect of the case and that if my hon. Friend had consulted me about this matter it might have saved a little time?