HC Deb 02 April 1953 vol 513 cc1359-60
50. Mr. Ede

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress was made at the recent meeting of the Police Council on the question of negotiating machinery for the police.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

I am glad to say that the Police Council for England and Wales and the Scottish Police Council both unanimously agreed, at recent meetings, on the general principles of a draft constitution for a new negotiating body for Great Britain, and recommended that the body should be set up, in advance of legislation, as soon as possible. Although certain points of detail on the drafting of the constitution have still to be discussed with those concerned, my right hon. and learned Friend and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland hope that it will not be long before final agreement is reached and that it will be possible to bring the scheme into operation later this year.

Mr. Ede

May the House voice its accord with the hope expressed at the end of that answer, and wish good luck and every prosperity to this machinery when it is set up?

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