HC Deb 08 June 1894 vol 25 c672
SIR J. LENG (Dundee)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware of the dissatisfaction of the Commissioners of the police burgh of Carnoustie at the resolution of the County Council of Forfarshire to constitute that burgh into a separate police district; whether the Commissioners made a strong representation against that resolution; and whether the reasons for confirming the resolution can be stated?


I am aware of the dissatisfaction of the Police Commissioners of Carnoustie which formed the subject of a representation to me. This representation was carefully considered, but the reasons adduced by the Commissioners did not seem to me sufficient to warrant my withholding my consent from the determination of the County Council to constitute Carnoustie into a separate police district. The reason for constituting the burgh a police district in this case was the usual one—namely, that the County Council were satisfied that in fairness to the rest of the county, which does not require the same degree of police protection, it should be formed into a separate rating area.


Is it not a fact that while the burgh is deprived of control over its police the resolution of the County Council has added considerably to the expense?


said, that one had to be very careful in dealing with questions of police control, but he believed that while the expenditure for the year was £160, the contribution of the burgh to the police rate was only £95.