HC Deb 21 October 1971 vol 823 cc889-90
30. Mr. Clinton Davis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why instructions were given to the Metropolitan Police to apply to the magistrates' court for leave to withdraw summonses against Oleg Lyalin.

Mr. Sharpies

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General to Questions by the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) on 18th October.—[Vol. 823, c. 47–8.]

Mr. Clinton Davis

Are we to understand that the process of law and the courts in this country can be intimidated by threats of violence? Is this not an outrageous interference with the courts and does it not demand a further statement in this House—a far weightier state ment than that which was made in a Written Answer by the Attorney-General the other day? Is there not a real danger that the Executive are interfering with the judicial process?

Mr. Sharples

No. My right hon. and learned Friend gave a very full Answer on this question and I have nothing to add to that.

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