HC Deb 10 December 1957 vol 579 c1066
28. Miss Herbison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the authorised establishment for the police force, male, in Scotland; and how far short it is of this figure.

Mr. Maclay

At 30th November, 1957, the authorised male establishment of the Scottish police force was 8,499, and the actual strength was 7,919.

Miss Herbison

Since that shows that we need many more policemen in Scotland to give us the correct establishment, what further steps will the Secretary of State take to attract more men into the force?

Mr. Maclay

The figures are better than those at the same time last year—they have improved by 78—and fairly strenuous campaigns are, of course, being conducted to bring to people's attention the advantages of the police force as a career.