§ 39. Mr. Driberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the many unsatisfactory aspects of the case of Christopher Harold Williams, now imprisoned in Dartmoor, including the identification of Williams by a police officer who was fetched to the identification parade by the only police officer who knew with certainty which of the men in the parade was the accused, and the inconsistencies between the deposition of a detective-sergeant and his evidence in court, some of which inconsistencies could not have been known to the jury at the trial, he will re-examine the memorandum on this case submitted to him by Mr. John Foot, solicitor, of Plymouth; and if, in view of the harassments to which Williams has been exposed, through official delay and incompetence, while attempting to secure redress of his grievances from inside prison, he will refer this case back to the Court of Criminal Appeal or order the immediate release of Williams.
§ Miss Bacon
My right hon. and learned Friend has carefully considered all that has been submitted to him and his predecessor on behalf of Christopher Harold Williams, but the conclusion he has reached is that he would not be justified in referring this case back to the Court of Criminal Appeal or in taking any other action.
§ 44. Mr. Driberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the observations by the Court of Criminal Appeal on the trial of Christopher Harold Williams, he will for the information of hen. Members, place in the Library of the House a transcript of this trial and a copy of the memorandum on this case submitted by Mr. John Foot, solicitor, of Plymouth.
§ Miss Bacon
No. My right hon. and learned Friend does not consider that 387W the circumstances of the case justify his taking this exceptional course.