HC Deb 24 November 1959 vol 614 cc184-5
12. Mr. Turner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the strength of the marine branch of the North Borneo Police Force, and the number of vessels concerned.

Mr. J. Amery

The strength of the marine branch is seventy-two officers and mm. The branch operates eight seagoing launches and two other launches.

Mr. Turner

Does my hon. Friend feel that this force is adequate in view of the fact that on 24th October there was a further incident in which Philippine pirates, armed with modern ships and weapons of war, raided the Kampong of Trusan? This sort of thing is causing considerable apprehension up and down the coast. Will my hon. Friend consider the provision of an R.A.F. detachment at Sandakan to facilitate this matter with the police?

Mr. Amery

I agree with my hon. Friend that the present force is not quite adequate, but expenditure has recently been approved for two fast pursuit craft to be added to the present fleet. I will certainly examine the suggestion my hon. Friend made in his supplementary question.