79. Captain TUDOR-REES
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the increasing number of grave crimes that are being committed in which the offenders are not brought to justice; and whether, in order that the number may be largely reduced, police authorities in whose district such crimes are committed can be compelled instantly to apply for the assistance of Scotland Yard?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I am not aware that there is any increase in the number of cases referred to in the first part of the question, and it must be remembered that the fact that the perpetrator of a crime escapes detection does not prove that the best detective measures have not been employed by the police. The local police are fully aware that they can, if occasion requires, obtain assistance from Scotland Yard. I have no power to compel them to do so.
80. Captain TUDOR-REES
asked the Home Secretary how many murders in respect of which the perpetrators have escaped arrest have been committed in Great Britain during the past year?