I have tabled the following questions for the Commissioner for the next meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority – either at its scheduled meeting on the 28th July or earlier if an emergency meeting of the Authority is called:
(1) Access to police databases. Does the Directorate of Professional Standards audit access by police officers and staff to the PNC and other police databases to check whether the information accessed is appropriate and relevant to the work of the person accessing the information? If this is only done in respect of a complaint about an individual officer or staff member, will this now be done more regularly to check all accesses to information from the PNC and other police databases on a sample basis? If these wider checks are already done, what proportion of accesses to information are checked and will this proportion now be reviewed?
(2) Misuse of police information by police officers and police staff. How many police officers and police staff have been (a) prosecuted, (b) dismissed or asked to resign, or (c) disciplined for misusing police information in each year over the last decade?
(3) Guardian article 6th July. The Guardian has reported that in November 2002 Rebekah Brooks was confronted at “press social event” in New Scotland Yard by being taken into “a side room” and confronted by Cdr Andre Baker and Dick Fedorcio about News of the World surveillance of DCS Cook. No futher action was taken about this. Who was party to the decison to confront Rebekah Brooks in such a fashion and to take no further action? In particular, was the then Commissioner and the then Deputy Commissioner (a) involved or (b) informed? What other Assistant Commissioners or DACs were (a) involved or (b) informed? (I can confirm that as the then Chair I was not informed – indeed the first I learned of it was when I read the Guardian’s article.) Was the team led by Assistant Commissioner John Yates which subsequently reinvestigated the murder of Daniel Morgan aware of this behaviour by the News of the World?
(4) Review of phone hacking case in 2009. What remit did you give to Assistant CommissionerJohn Yates when you asked him to review the phone hacking case in 2009? Did you set a timescale on the review? How soon after you asked him to do the review did AC Yates report back to you? Were you satisfied when he reported back to you that he had properly fulfilled the remit that you gave him?