HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 c230W
Mr. Fitzpatrick

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will release the conclusions of the report of the Operation Countryman investigation. [35698]

Mr. Michael

No. Disclosure is a matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. Investigating officers' reports are as a class regarded by the courts as subject to public interest immunity. In our response to the Home Affairs Committee Report on Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures, we said that we will consult on the scope for greater openness in respect of investigation reports, either generally or individually.