HC Deb 29 November 1906 vol 166 c303

I beg to ask the Secretary of State to the Home Department if his sanction was necessary to the recent appointment of a military officer, entirely without police experience, to be chief constable of Southport; and, if not, whether he will take any action to secure experienced supervision of the police administration of largo towns, and to reserve such appointments as that of chief constable for senior officers of police as the legitimate rewards of long and good service.


The appointment mentioned did not require my sanction. The appointments to a borough police force are made by the Watch Committee, and I have no authority to interfere with their discretion.