HC Deb 10 December 1953 vol 521 cc2150-1
9. Mr. Bence

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what officers of Scotland Yard have been sent to the United States of America; and for what purpose.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Apart from officers on protection duties, no member of the Metropolitan police force has visited the United States of America on official business in the last two years other than the officer referred to in my reply on 12th November to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (Mr. Hay).

Mr. Bence

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there is tremendous concern, particularly in Scotland, that there may be an intention to introduce into this country—indeed, that there have already been introduced—American police methods, which are repugnant here? Will he give an assurance that such American police methods will not be introduced into this country?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I answered that point last week, and I made clear that the object of the visit was to study and get advice on problems of prostitution and importuning by male persons in London. I think it is very important that I should get the experience of other countries on those matters. On the other matter raised by the hon. Gentleman, I myself am quite content with and, indeed, proud of, British police methods.

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