HC Deb 06 March 1924 vol 170 cc1584-5
31. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Home Secretary what is the present strength and annual cost of the Special Department of Scotland Yard charged with the detection and/or prevention of political crimes apart from the detection and prevention of ordinary crime; and whether this branch of the police service is now separated from the work of the Naval and Military Intelligence Services?


The strength of the police officers and clerical staff employed in the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police is 170, and their cost approximately £60,000 per annum. I can give no information respecting Naval or Military Intelligence Services.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

With reference to the last part of the right hon. Gentleman's answer, does that mean that the liaison between the special branch and the Naval Intelligence Department and M. 15 has been ended?


I must have notice of that question.


What is the nature of these political crimes for which this Department is kept?