HC Deb 14 April 1972 vol 834 cc241-2W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable as to why the police in Bedfordshire failed to communicate to the Press, within a reasonable time of the commissioning of the crime, the fact that a 19-month old child, Tessa Smith, of Kempstone, was brutally assaulted and diedsoon after the event, in view of the facts that rumours were rife and that the public were entitled to be apprised of the broad details of the crime.

Mr. Carlisle

A report has been called for and I shall write to my hon. Friend.