HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1056-7
37. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Home Secretary whether any decision has been reached with regard to moving the police college from Hendon; if so, where to; what has been the total cost per head of each cadet passed through the college; whether the college is considered to have shown any results of value; and whether the higher authorities at Scotland Yard favour the experiment and wish it continued?

Sir J. Simon

The Commissioner of Police has represented to me that for various reasons the police college should be moved to a new site, and I have agreed in principle to his proposal. The new site has not yet been selected. Apart from interest on capital expenditure and cost of administration at Scotland Yard the total cost of training each cadet is about £420. It is somewhat early to assess the value of the results achieved, but the Commissioner is satisfied that the college will fully justify itself; he does not regard it as an experiment and most certainly wishes it to continue.

Mr. Mabane

Can the Home Secretary say whether the £420 which he mentioned is £420 a year or for some other period; and also what the figure would be if he included those particular charges which he omitted?

Sir J. Simon

The period is for the full period of training, which is about a year and a-half.

Mr. H. G. Williams

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the present college was built for its present purpose?

Sir J. Simon

No, Sir.