HC Deb 10 August 1914 vol 65 cc2296-7

I beg to move, "That leave be given to introduce a Bill to amend and extend the law relating to the appointment of special constables in Scotland."

The whole House, I am sure, will agree with me that this is in the truest sense an emergency measure—that it is urgent and necessary. The object of the Bill is to provide that the same powers which the police authorities in Scotland possess would in future be possessed by the county police authorities. At the present moment the county police authorities have not the powers to appoint special constables. In the present circumstances I think the House will agree that it is desirable they should have—[HON. MEMBERS: "Agreed."] That is the one object of the Bill. [HON. MEMBERS: "Agreed."]

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill ordered to be brought in by Mr. McKinnon Wood and the Lord Advocate. Presented accordingly; read the first time, and ordered to be printed. [Bill 376.]

Question "That the Bill be now read a second time," put, and agreed to.

Resolved, "That this House do immediately resolve itself into the Committee on the Bill."—[Mr. McKinnon Wood.]

Bill accordingly considered in Committee, and reported without Amendment; read the third time, and passed.