HC Deb 18 October 1945 vol 414 cc1339-40
28. Mr. Norman Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the dual control of police in London hinders the prompt execution of police duties where the perpetrators of financial malpractices are concerned; and whether he will consider the unification of the City and Metropolitan police forces.

Mr. Ede

The answer to both parts of this Question is "No, Sir."

Mr. Smith

If I give my right hon. Friend detailed particulars of a recent case in the City of London in which dual control did, in fact, impede the police, will he look into it?

Mr. Ede

Certainly, Sir.

Earl Winterton

May we take it that the right hon. Gentleman's answer in no way precludes the discussion promised by the Home Secretary in the last Parliament in which the whole question of the future of the police forces resulting from the amalgamations during the war would be considered?

Mr. Ede

Certainly not; I am presenting at the end of Questions to-day a Bill dealing with the future organisation of the police forces of the country.