HC Deb 17 September 1886 vol 309 cc785-6
MR. C. E. HAMILTON (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If the Committee his Predecessor stated on February 25th he proposed to appoint to inquire into the organisation of the Metropolitan Police has yet been assembled; and, in such case, how often it met; how many witnesses were called; if any radical defects in the organisation were found to exist; and what recommendations, if any, were made; and, whether the Report of the Committee will be laid upon the Table in accordance with the promise given?


Yes, Sir. This Committee held a series of meetings, and made their Report last July. No formal evidence was taken; but various officers of police—including Sir Charles Warren, who was a member of the Committee—stated their views. The chief defect found to exist was an insufficiency of superior officers. This has now been remedied by the appointment of two additional Superintendents of Districts. Various other recommendations were made, and are now under consideration. I shall be happy to lay a copy of the Report upon the Table of the House.