§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the result of the inquiry into the shooting of Mrs. Cherry Groce.
§ Mr. Hurd
I understand from the Police Complaints Authority, which is supervising the investigation into the shooting of Mrs. Groce, that good progress is being made with the investigation, and that the authority expects to receive a copy of the investigating officer's report shortly. How long it will be thereafter before an announcement can be made, or the authority's account of the incident made public depends, amongst other considerations, upon whether the report discloses matters which need to be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and whether criminal or disciplinary charges are bought. Because of the widespread public concern, everyone involved understands the need for as early an indication as possible of the outcome of the investigation.