HC Deb 23 July 1973 vol 860 cc1152-3
51. Mr. Ronald Bell

asked the Attorney-General if he will refer to the Director of Public Prosecutions the booklet "The Truckers' Bible" published by an organisation called Release which is an instruction book for those engaged in illegal trafficking in drugs containing advice upon, among other matters, the bribing of Customs officers and the concealment of drugs; and whether he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General (Sir Peter Rawlinson)

A copy of the book has been sent by the Home Office to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is considering the question of criminal proceedings. It would not be appropriate for me to make a statement at this stage.

Mr. Bell

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that his answer will give considerable satisfaction to those who think that it would be quite wrong for such seditious matters to be published without there being any question of a breach of the law? Could he consider inquiring into the connection which appears to exist between the condonation of drug trafficking and the encouragement of drug-taking and certain elements in the Liberal Party?

The Attorney-General

The last part of what my hon. and learned Friend has said is a matter for the Home Office. I am told that the Director of Public Prosecutions expects to make a decision by the end of the month about the book.

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