HC Deb 16 January 1964 vol 687 cc45-6W
Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will name and reprimand the official of his Department who left secret docu- ments in a train between Clapham Junction and Streatham at midnight on 4th January;

(2) if he will state the nature of the official documents contained in the briefcase left on a train by an official of his Department on the night of 4th January.

Mr. Brooke

After full inquiries I am satisfied that the briefcase was not left by the officer on a train, but was taken by another person and then abandoned on another train. The officer concerned has been the subject of disciplinary action. It is not customaryto announce names in such cases.

The documents, which consisted of indexes used in the Immigration Service, were out of the officer's possession for not more than half an hour before coming into the custody of railway officials.