HC Deb 23 November 1948 vol 458 cc1063-4
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) 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.

Mr. Ross

In view of the fact that Kilmarnock burgh has delayed the appointment of a Chief Constable for more than a year will my right hon. Friend carry on with his idea of getting this amalgamation as speedily as possible, for the benefit of the county and the burgh?

Mr. Woodburn

Yes, Sir.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

Will that scheme be open to examination or debate in this House?

Mr. Woodburn

No, Sir.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

What are the Minister's qualifications for making such a scheme?