§ 78. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from Chief Constables about the circumstances in which handcuffs are used before any charge has been made; and if he will call for a Report from the Chief Constable concerned as to why they were used in the case of a constituent of the hon. Member for Rye, the particulars of which have been forwarded to him, when no charge was made.
§ 79. Sir N. Cooper-Key
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable concerned on the circumstances of the case, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Rye.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
I have brought to the notice of the Chief Constable of Hastings the representations I have had from the hon. Member for Rye (Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine), since the Chief Constable is responsible under Section 49 of the Police Act, 1964, for the investigation of complaints against members of his force. I understand that the Chief 211W Constable has asked the Chief Constable of East Sussex to provide an investigating officer. When these inquiries are completed, I shall consider whether the case has any general implications and shall write to the hon. Members.