§ MR. JAMES STUART
gave Notice that he would ask the Home Secretary, Whether his attention had been called to the fact that by a recent Return as to the cost of police in 252 provincial boroughs, it was shown that the average cost was equivalent to a pound-ago of 5¾d. on the rateable value, of which 2½d. was borne by the Consolidated Fund, and 3¼d. by the local rates; whether the cost of the police in the Metropolis, exclusive of the City, was equal to 9d. in the pound on the rateable value, of which 4d. was borne by the Consolidated Fund and 5d. by the rates; and, whether the right hon. Gentleman would direct the Committee which was to inquire into the organization and administration of the Metropolitan Police to inquire into the causes of the great excess of the cost of the police in the Metropolis over other large centres of population.
THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. CHILDERS)
If my hon. Friend will speak to me I shall be happy to give him the Returns.
That is a question for the Irish Government to determine. I have nothing to do with the Irish police.