§ 26. Mr. William Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations for the amalgamation of the police forces in Ayrshire.
§ Mr. Woodburn
The police authorities for the county of Ayr and the burghs of Ayr and Kilmarnock were informed in June that unless they submitted to me by 31st October a satisfactory amalgamation scheme covering the three police areas, I proposed myself to make a scheme under the powers given to me by Section 2 of the Police (Scotland) 1064 Act, 1946. No scheme was submitted to me by the end of October, and I shall shortly give to the three police authorities notice of the general nature of the scheme which I propose to make.