§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in view of the decision of the Lord Chief Justice in quashing the conviction of Mr. Hands due to the conviction of the two policemen who gave evidence leading to his conviction having themselves been found guilty of perjury, what compensation is to be awarded to Mr. Hands; and what action has been, or will be, taken against the two policemen in this case.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
If Mr. Hands wishes to apply for an ex-gratia payment of compensation I shall be prepared to consider his application. I understand that one of the police officers concerned was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police in November 1973; the other had previously retired.