HC Deb 12 May 1930 vol 238 cc1420-1
4. Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX

asked the Secretary of State for India what was the strength of the police force in British India on the 1st January, 1920, and on the 1st January, 1930, in British officers and Indian ranks, respectively?


I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table of figures for 1920 and for the latest years available. Where the figures are for sanctioned strength, the hon. and gallant Member must understand that actual strength, could I give it, would be somewhat lower.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the numbers have been greatly increased or not since 1920?


In some provinces there have been increases and in some provinces decreases. The table gives the figures. If the hon. Gentleman is thinking of Sholapur, I can give the numbers and say that they are increased in Sholapur.

Following is the table:

Civil Police—Sanctioned Strength.
Year. Officers (Members of the Indian Police Service and Deputy Superintendents). Other Ranks.
1920 1,014 205,595
1927 1,093 195,144

Indian Police Service (Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents)—Actual Strength.
Date. Europeans. Indians.
1st July, 1922 627 66
1st January, 1929 564 128
Military Police—Sanctioned Strength.
Year. European Officers (Commandants and Assistant Commandants). Indian Officers (Subadars and Jamadars). Other Ranks.
1920 120 835 29,329
1927 88 712 23,581