HC Deb 16 February 1961 vol 634 cc1750-1
33. Mr. Lagden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that the resources of the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police force are adequate to meet all demands upon it in view of the increase in the number of murders which have been committed during the past three months and the consequent additional strain upon all members of the force; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Renton

The Commissioner of Police informs me that, although his officers are hard pressed, he continues to be able to meet requests for assistance from other forces in cases of serious crime. Without further analysis, which is being undertaken, my right hon. Friend would not wish to accept the implication that there has been a significant change in the murder rate.

Mr. Lagden

May I ask my hon. and learned Friend whether the Home Secretary will give an undertaking that he will constantly review the strength of the Murder Squad in the interests both of the public and of the police?

Mr. Renton

Of course, with regard to any increase in the complement of the police, my right hon. Friend is always willing to go into these matters with the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, who is the only chief officer of police for whom he has direct responsibility.

Mr. Mayhew

Would not the prospect of deterring crimes of sex and violence increase if hon. Members were less keen to spread commercial broadcasting in this country?