HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc543-4
2. Earl Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total deficiency between the numbers in the forces and the establishment of the county and borough police forces in England and Wales.

Mr. Ede

The deficiency on 31st March, 1951, was 6,300 men and 328 women.

Mrs. Braddock

Has the attention of the Home Secretary been called to the comments made by the chief constables of East Suffolk and Wallasey, which, I understand, are supported by about 50 per cent. of the chief constables, on the very low standard of the recruits who apply to be taken into the police force? If so, what action does he intend to take to deal with this problem?

Mr. Ede

I have read those comments. I have made some inquiries about the standard of recruitment, and I do not think that one should be unduly depressed by what may have occurred in two forces.