HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 cc494-5W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, when investigations are made into complaints against the police, he will allow the complainant to have his trade union represent him during such investigations.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

It would not be appropriate to lay down general rules about who may be present during preliminary inquiries into complaints against the police. A chief officer of police has discretion to allow a complainant to be accompanied by a friend or relative who is not to be called as a witness at a disciplinary hearing arising from a complaint.