HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 c147W
86. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the availability to a defendant of the services of his Department's laboratories, explaining the procedure to he adopted by a defendant in obtaining information likely to be to his advantage.

Mr. Ede

The primary purpose of the Forensic Science Laboratories, which are maintained at the cost of police funds, is to assist the police in the investigation of crime. It is, however, the recognised principle that the results of any examination by a forensic science laboratory should be made available to the defence by the prosecution where the examination throws any light on the case.