§ 38. Mr. SCURR
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, at a recent meeting of the medical students of London Hospital, the dean of the students' guild stated that he had received a request from the Home Office that he should take steps to enrol the students of the hospital into a special branch of the special constabulary; that this action was taken in view of the 645 possibility of industrial trouble in the spring; and that similar requests had been made to the deans of guild at St. Bartholomew's and Guy's Hospitals; and whether such request has been made by the Home Office, and the reason for the action?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have not made any request such as the hon. Member suggests. The Commander of the Headquarters Central Division of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary addressed an ordinary recruiting meeting of the students at the London Hospital last month, but I am informed that no statements as suggested in the question were made either by the commander or by the dean who introduced him to the meeting.