HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 cc200-1
61. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many police officers now serving in Cyprus were recruited from United Kingdom police forces; how many Europeans were recruited outside the United Kingdom after experience with such forces as the Kenya or Palestine police; and what approximate proportions of the whole Cyprus police these two categories represent.

Mr. Profumo

Three hundred and fifty-five serving officers, including 53 women police, have been recruited from United Kingdom police forces. Forty-two other officers have served in colonial police forces outside Cyprus. These two categories represent about 16 per cent. and 2 per cent. respectively of the total regular police strength.

Mr. Robinson

Does the hon. Gentleman recall that in the recent White Paper the Governor of Cyprus said that any allegations of brutality on the part of the police force were ridiculous because everyone knew what a decent and well-behaved chap the British constable was? Do not these figures make that totally irrelevant as a reply to the allegations that have been made?

Mr. Profumo

No, Sir, I certainly cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman.

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