HC Deb 09 July 1934 vol 292 cc27-8W

asked the Home Secretary the details and particulars connected with identification parades of the Metropolitan Police in cases where charges are likely to be made?


Every person in the custody of the Metropolitan Police who is put up with other persons for identification is informed:

  1. (1)that he or she will be placed among a number of persons, as far as possible of similar age, height, general appearance and class of life as himself or herself, and no intimation as to the 28 identity of the accused will be given to the witnesses;
  2. (2)that he or she has a right to stand in any position in the ranks and to object to any of the persons selected or the arrangements made: any such objection should be made to the officer conducting the identification;
  3. (3) that he or she is entitled and may if desired have a solicitor or any friend present at the identification, but it must be distinctly understood that such person may not in any way interfere by action or words with the proceedings.
In addition, detailed arrangements are prescribed in General Orders with the object of ensuring that parades are carried out fairly and in such a way as not to prejudice the interests of the person concerned.