HC Deb 17 March 1959 vol 602 cc194-5
27. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to improve the standards of accommodation at police headquarters. Dundee.

Mr. N. Macpherson

This is a matter for Dundee Town Council, as police authority.

Mr. Thomson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Dundee police, the magistrates, the court officials and the office staff are living in what is a quite disgraceful office slum; that the chief constable has presented a long list of what he himself calls "hopeless conditions", and that police headquarters are built with Government grant? Does not the Government intend to do anything to provide decent conditions for the policemen?

Mr. Macpherson

The Dundee Council has not yet submitted proposals, but if proposals were received and approved, from the technical point of view, by Her Majesty's inspector and our architects, we should try to fit the scheme into the capital investment programme—particularly as Dundee is an area of high unemployment.