§ Mr. Douglas-Mann
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances a police officer who has been acquitted in a court of law on a criminal charge may be called upon to answer a substantially similar charge before a police disciplinary tribunal.
§ Dr. Summerskill
I would refer my hon. Friend to the general advice given on this matter in paragraphs 12–16 of Home Office Circular No. 21/1967 of which a copy is in the Library of the House. It is for the chief officer concerned to decide on the propriety of any particular charge in the light of the exact circumstances of an individual case. Any officer found guilty of a disciplinary offence has a right of appeal to my right hon. Friend.