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Since Parliamentary proceedings, especially questions, tend to reflect the priorities of the day. The Home Office oral questions would allow an opportunity for MPs to raise issues of concern, and you explain that over the period you personally responded to 215 oral questions. Not one of them referred to this issue.

At paragraph 39, a search of the written Parliamentary Questions indicate again that at no time during your period in office was this issue raised, despite again the considerable number of written questions submitted.

Paragraph 40, no ministerial statement made on the issue or asked for, and again, given what was known at the time, the reasons for that, you say, are that it was considered an operational matter for the police.

So a fairly comprehensive search, Lord Reid?

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