HC Deb 07 May 1982 vol 23 c148W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West on 27 April, Official Report, column 230, he will give the reasons why he will not make provisions so that, on production of his House security pass, an hon. Member will be enabled to enter and examine any police station, or those within his constituency, without prior notification to those in charge at the moment of the visit.

Mr. Mayhew

Such provisions would anticipate our consideration of how the recommendations relating to lay visitors to police stations contained in Lord Scarman's report—Cmnd. 8427—might be implemented, and would not take account of a number of ingredients that any successful scheme for lay visitors should incorporate, including satisfactory safeguards for the privacy of persons detained in police stations.