Greater Manchester Police will investigate any allegations of sexual abuse involving the former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith from 1974 onwards, the force said.
It was confirmed that Lancashire Police would investigate any allegations of abuse before that date.
Following discussions between the Force and our colleagues at Lancashire Police, it has been agreed that Greater Manchester Police will now investigate any allegations of sexual abuse involving the late Sir Cyril Smith that happened from 1974 onwards.
We have taken this step to clear up any confusion that may have existed within the communities of Rochdale, and among the wider public, as to which Force is looking into the allegations.
The geographical boundaries were redrawn in 1974. Previously Rochdale was a part of Lancashire Police, but post-1974 it became part of Greater Manchester Police. Therefore, to make it explicitly clear, Greater Manchester Police will now investigate any reports of abuse that happened after 1974, and any abuse that happened before that date will be investigated by Lancashire Police.
He said today, "Following my comments in the House about Cyril Smith's abuse of boys, I understand the Crown Prosecution Service has now located investigation files against Mr Smith from the 1960s".
"Can the Home Secretary now look at whether it's true the Director of Public Prosecutions at the time received a second opinion recommending Smith be prosecuted; why he concluded it was not in the public interest".
"What role, if any the Security Service played; and how the Government now intends getting to the bottom of what several former police officers are now referring to as 'a cover-up'?", Mr Danczuk added.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk told the House of Commons:
We need to make be sure that this type of investigation takes place now and that those victims get a chance to have their voices heard.
As new victims of abuse in Rochdale come forward to speak of what happened in Cambridge House, Greater Manchester Police should consider re-opening this case and I would call upon the minister to do what all in his powers to bring police files from previous investigations into Smith to light.
Sir Cyril's brother, Norman, told the newspaper: “I cannot believe our MP is questioning Cyril. Why now, when he is dead? Cyril always refuted doing anything wrong and that was proved by Lancashire Constabulary who said there was no case to answer.”
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith has been accused of abusing young boys at Cambridge House hostel in Rochdale during the 1960s.
Simon Danczuk, MP for the area, made the allegations during a statement in the Commons this afternoon.
Cyril Smith was a political giant in Rochdale and one of the most recognisable politicians in the country. But his career was continually dogged by allegations that he had abused boys.
These allegations appeared in some of his obituaries. We know, too, that they appeared in police reports.
Though Lancashire Police have said recently that they can't find those reports, though they do accept that they carried out an investigation and it is suggested that a report was pushed to the Director of Public Prosecutions back in 1969.