HC Deb 26 June 1911 vol 27 c229

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he was aware that police officers have in several instances, on their retirement from the force, become licensees of public-houses; and whether, in view of the objection to the practice as tending to lax enforcement of the licensing laws by officers anticipating such future employment, he would issue a circular to licensing magistrates on the subject?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Churchill)

I am aware that retired police officers occasionally become licensees of public houses; but I have no reason to think that this fact leads by anticipation to any weakening of the supervision over licensed houses exercised by the police; and on my present information I am not prepared to issue any circular on the subject to licensing magistrates.