HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 c27W
76. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that the Scottish police seek information from private persons concerning the political affiliations and activities of other private citizens; and whether he will introduce legislation to stop this practice.

Mr. J. S. Maclay

As the hon. Member was informed on 9th February, 1954, the police do not act on my instructions, and in any case it is not their function to investigate the political convictions of individuals.