HC Deb 31 July 1947 vol 441 cc611-2
15. Mr. David Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the anomalous position prevailing by the existence of standing joint committees controlling police forces in administrative counties as compared with watch committees in county boroughs; and what steps he proposes taking with a view to bringing police administration in administrative counties in line with that existing in county boroughs.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)

I am well aware of the differences between the composition and responsibilities of county and borough police authorities under the present law. It would require legislation if it were decided to alter the position, and I can hold out no prospect of the early introduction of such legislation.

Mr. Jones

Is the Home Secretary aware that there is a steadily growing volume of opinion, even among county councils, that the Standing joint committee method of controlling police forces is out of date?

Mr. Ede

I share that view.