§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement concerning the tape recording of interviews with terrorist suspects.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The full tape recording of interviews with terrorist suspects will begin, on a trial basis, on Tuesday 1 December 1992. All forces in England and Wales will tape record interviews with terrorist suspects in line with current practice for other criminal suspects under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. These trials, which will run for up to two years, will be carefully evaluated before any decision is taken to extend formally the code of practice on tape recording under the 1984 Act to cover terrorist cases.