HC Deb 29 June 1899 vol 73 cc989-90

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if he can explain why no steps have hitherto been taken to comply with the recommendation of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on Scottish Police System, made in 1868, that a Police Gazette for Scotland should be established; and whether, seeing that the establishment of such a gazette was strongly recommended by the Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland in 1872, and has again been urged in the Report for 1898 by the present inspector, action will be taken.


As the recommendation referred to in the first paragraph of the question was made thirty-one years ago, since which many changes in the police system have occurred, the hon. Member has imposed rather a heavy task on me in asking me to consider the matter on its merits in response to a question which only appeared on the Paper this morning. As regards the second paragraph of the question, I shall be happy to reply if the hon. Member will put the question on the Paper with adequate notice.