HC Deb 29 July 1982 vol 28 c635W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if, in view of the call by the Police Federation for an independent investigation into the series of reported and proven neglects, failures and maladministration upon the part of the management of the Metropolitan Police, he will agree to ask the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to set up an external committee of inquiry to investigate all matters as known and already reported and those which hon. Members would be prepared to submit to such an independent investigating committee;

(2) whether, in view of the series of events at Buckingham Palace, the Countryman inquiry, the pornography trials and so on, affecting the Metropolitan Police, he will discuss with the Commissioner the advisability of seeking to establish a House of Commons Select Committee which can deal with the reports of maladministration and neglect upon the part of the Metropolitan Police.

Mr. Whitelaw

No. These are matters for the Commissioner and the police authority.

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