HC Deb 12 March 1964 vol 691 cc811-2

10.45 p.m.

Mr. Woodhouse

I beg to move, in page 25, line 18, at the end to insert: after consulting organisations representing the interests of police authorities and of members of police forces and police cadets". This Amendment also implements an undertaking given by the Home Secretary in Commitee. It provides that the Home Secretary must consult the local authority associations and the police representative organisations before determining the constitution of proceedings of the police advisory boards. It is the intention of the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Scotland in due course to initiate the consultations required by the Amendment, and they will be glad to consider any suggestions which the local authority associations or the police representative organisations may make.

If I may anticipate the suggestion which will no doubt be made by the hon. and learned Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget), I am happy to thank anyone who feels that he should be thanked for the Amendment.

Sir F. Soskice

The only way in which I can deal with the Amendment is to say that I am very glad that it has been made. If the Minister does not hear as much from me as he might have expected he will understand my reluctance.

Amendment agreed to.