§ 37. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Attorney-General whether he has called, or will call, for the reports of the inquiry into the alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police force, referred to as the Countryman inquiry, the reports on the alleged irregularities into the West Yorkshire and Kent police forces submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions some months ago, to ascertain whether he feels proper action has been taken in connection with these reports ; and whether he will make a statement.
§ The Attorney-General
The Director of Public Prosecutions has kept me informed of developments at frequent intervals throughout the course of the Operation Countryman inquiry. Where necessary—for example, when he has sought my consent to the institution of proceedings for alleged offences of corruption—he has placed the reports before me. As far as the investigation of allegations against officers of the West Yorkshire Metropolitan police and Kent constabulary are concerned, I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer that 1 gave him on 19 October 1982141W
I am completely satisfied that the Director has taken the proper action in respect of all reports that have been submitted to him, and I do not propose to make a statement.