HC Deb 16 June 1913 vol 54 c11
6. Mr. WING

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been directed to the Wiltshire police tragedy involving the murder and suicide of a sergeant and constable, and to the public feeling recently manifested in the Isle of Wight owing to the alleged wrongful dismissal of a constable and to the other results of one-man rule in county police administration; and will he take steps to remedy this evil without delay by giving to police committees in counties similar powers to those which have long been exercised by watch committees in boroughs?


My right hon. Friend understands that the Wiltshire case has been fully considered by a strong Sub-Committee of the Standing Joint Committee, and he is asking the Standing Joint Committee to let him see their Report. The Isle of Wight case is, my right hon. Friend believes, likely to be brought soon under the special consideration of the Standing Joint Committee. The Secretary of State is not, as now advised, prepared to propose legislation on the lines which my hon. Friend suggests.