HC Deb 11 May 1944 vol 399 c2077
42. Mr. Hugh Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has considered the Report of the inquiry conducted in October, 1943, by a special sub-committee of the West Riding Standing Joint Committee into certain matters concerning the West Riding constabulary; and if he intends setting up a public inquiry into the matter referred to.

Mr. H. Morrison

The inquiry to which the hon. Member refers was concerned with matters for which the Standing Joint Committee, as police authority, were primarily responsible. I have, however, seen the Sub-Committee's Report, which was approved by the Standing Joint Committee, and am satisfied that they dealt fully and adequately with the issues referred to them. In these circumstances, I see no reason for any further inquiry or for any further action on my part.

Mr. Lawson

May I ask the Minister if he is aware that there is a certain amount of concern in the West Riding about this matter; and if he will not institute an inquiry so that public confidence in this force may be restored?

Mr. Morrison

No, Sir. There is no need for me to intervene and hold an inquiry. I know what the Standing Joint Committee have done about the matter, and, on the whole, I am satisfied with what they did. In the meantime, the West Riding of Yorkshire are running their own show and I do not want to interfere with them.