HC Deb 23 January 1957 vol 563 cc189-90
20. Mr. Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many policemen in Jamaica are at the same time justices of the peace; to what extent this has been done with his authority both as regards principle and practice; and if he will end this situation.

Mr. Profumo

Under a Jamaica law of 1955 all gazetted police officers in Jamaica are ex officio justices of the peace. There are 43 such officers. My right hon. Friend's authority was not required for this measure. In practice the exercise of justices' powers by police officers is closely limited. I understand that the whole matter is under reconsideration in Jamaica.

Mr. Allaun

Is the Minister prepared to examine evidence which I can submit to him that many police superintendents are J.P.s, and that a constable obtains a warrant from his superior officer, a J.P., in the next office? Does the Minister think that this is a desirable practice?

Mr. Profumo

I will certainly examine any information that the hon. Member likes to send me, but I repeat that the whole matter is under reconsideration now in Jamaica.

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