HC Deb 31 January 1962 vol 652 c1083
26. Mr. Brewis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the increase over the previous year in the total strength of the police force in Scotland at 31st December, 1961; and how far this is below establishment.

Mr. Brooman-White

During 1961, the actual total male and female strength of the Scottish police increased by 346. The authorised establishment also increased during the year by 433 and on 31st December, 1961, the actual strength was 566 below establishment.

Mr. Brewis

Would my hon. Friend agree that these figures are moderately encouraging? Will he continue to ensure that transfers from one force to another, and promotion outwith their own forces for the abler police officers, will continue, so that new recruits can get a good opportunity in their new career?

Mr. Brooman-White

Yes, Sir. The main shortage is still in the Glasgow area, but even there the position is improving. I note the hon. Member's other point.