HC Deb 02 February 1961 vol 633 cc149-50W
80. Mr. Eden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that there is sufficient control over the communication of information to the Press by Scotland Yard, and that no injury can be caused to innocent persons as a result of their doing so.

Mr. R. A. Butler

It is a disciplinary offence for a member of a police force to communicate information to the Press without proper authority. When consideration is given, in accordance with the Commissioner's orders, to the grant of such authority in the Metropolitan Police, the possibility of injury to an innocent person is always a primary consideration.