§ MR. ERNEST FLOWER (Bradford, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been directed to the fact that in Metropolitan districts, such as Soho and Whitechapel, where there is a large foreign population, a proportionately larger police force is maintained than in districts where there are few or no foreigners; and, if so, whether he has any official reports showing that the larger police force is due to the presence of a large criminal element in the foreign population.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. AKERS DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
No, Sir. It is not the case that in Metropolitan districts where there is a large foreign population the police force is proportionately larger than elsewhere. The foreign population in the C, D, and H Divisions, which include Whitechapel 1564 and Soho, has increased considerably of late years, but it has not been round necessary to augment these Divisions on that account.