§ 29. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking, in the public interest, to increase the strength of the police force in Scotland; and if he will make a statement on the matter, in view of the better prospects which are offered in Canada.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. William Ross)
Recruitment is at a high level, but this year it has been exceeded by wastage. Wastage is therefore the problem and this is being studied by the Police Advisory Board for Scotland.
§ Mr. Rankin
While wastage is recognised as a problem, is my right hon. Friend convinced that the inducements to enter the police forces in Scotland are sufficiently attractive, in view of the fact that a salary commencing at £700 a year rising to £900 at the maximum does not compete with the wages offered in other industries? When the time comes, will he be prepared to reconsider the salary situation in Scotland?
§ Mr. Ross
The salary situation may well be a factor, and that is a matter for 203 negotiation and examination. The causes of wastage may go more into the conditions of service, and already we have received recommendations from the Board. We have taken action on some in relation, say, to weekly leave, annual leave, the shift system and the rest of it. We have other items which are presently being discussed and considered. These are some of the matters that probably affect life in the service.