HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 c1320
14. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what duties have been assigned to the 710 policemen who have been released from traffic duty as a result of the use of mechanical signals.

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

The process has been going on since 1932, and the men released have been assigned to other street duties such as beats and patrols.

Sir T. Moore

While apologising for reiterating this, would it not serve the public interest to direct all these released policemen to preventing or detecting serious crimes rather than to dealing with the comparatively innocuous offences or infringements of the law such as those committed by motorists and others?

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. It is the duty of the police to see that the laws of the country are obeyed.