HC Deb 03 July 1968 vol 767 c1491
27. Mr. Brewis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects that a chief officer for the Scottish police crime squad will be appointed.

Mr. Buchan

The commander of the Scottish Crime Squad cannot be appointed until the agreement establishing the squad has been acceded to by all the parties concerned. Under the agreement the appointment will be made by a committee of chief constables subject to the approval of a committee of police authority representatives and my right hon. Friend.

Mr. Brewis

In view of the extreme seriousness of the crime problem, will the hon. Gentleman do his best to expedite the agreement to get the squad going?

Mr. Buchan

Yes, Sir. I take this opportunity once more of inviting those authorities which have not yet acceded to give the matter most urgent attention so that we can set up the squad as soon as possible.