HC Deb 26 February 1988 vol 128 c384W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish an independent inquiry into the extent of the influence exerted by the Masonic order within the Metropolitan police; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

We are aware of the allegations which have been made about Masonic influence in the Metropolitan police, and the concern to which these have given rise. We are also aware of the need to respect the freedom of choice of the individual police officer where this does not affect his impartiality. My right hon. Friend will be discussing the matter with the Commissioner.