HC Deb 15 June 1950 vol 476 cc533-4
24. Lieut.-Commander R. H. Thompson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the response to his appeal for 10,000 men to join the Metropolitan Special Constabulary; and how many volunteers are now enrolled.

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

Between 15th November, 1949, when the national recruiting campaign began, and 10th June, 271 men and 17 women were enrolled. The present strength of the force is 3,277, including 16 women.

Lieut.-Commander Thompson

In view of the alarm over the rising tide of crimes of violence, would the right hon. Gentleman consider making more extensive use of this fine body of men than he is at present doing?

Mr. Ede

I am willing to make as much use of them as possible, and I regret that their recruitment is not more rapid. I hope that good citizens who have the time to spare will enrol in this, force.