HC Deb 05 April 1950 vol 473 cc1192-3
52. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Defence if, in view of the crime wave, he will arrange with the authorities of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force to allow their Service police, especially those who have passed examinations in civil law, to co-operate with the civilian police in their duties.

Mr. Shinwell

The Service police are always ready to help the civil police to the best of their ability, but their resources of manpower are limited and they are fully engaged on Service duties.

Sir W. Smithers

May I take it that the answer is "No"? Is it not a fact that the presence of a Socialist Government for five years in this country is the main reason for the demoralisation of our people and the crime wave?