§ 86. Mr. RAMSDEN
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty by whom the dockyards are policed; and what is the cost of the work?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Lieut.-Colonel Headlam)
The dockyards at home are policed by the Metropolitan Police, except at Rosyth and Pembroke, where Royal Marine Police are employed. The estimated cost of police employed in the home dockyards during the current financial year is £140,4[...]0, exclusive of the accruing liability foe pensions or gratuities on discharge. The dockyards abroad are policed by separate forces constituted for each yard, for which the estimated cost for the present financial year is £42,000, exclusive of pensions or gratuities on discharge.
§ Mr. RAMSDEN
Does my hon. Friend think that using the Metropolitan Police is the most economical way of carrying on this service?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM
I think that it is extremely open to doubt, and we are looking into the matter very carefully.