HC Deb 12 February 1976 vol 905 cc596-7
4. Mr. Ronald Bell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what record his Department has of the number of people in the police service for whom accommodation is provided by an arrangement in the nature of a service tenancy or service occupancy.

Dr. Summerskill

There is no central record of the number of service tenancies, and the information could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

Mr. Bell

If the Home Secretary considers that this system is advantageous to the police authorities and to policemen, will he make representation to his ministerial colleagues that it would be a great pity if it were to be abolished, from a necessary sense of consistency, when the attack is launched on agricultural tied cottages?

Dr. Summerskill

If I may answer on behalf of my right hon. Friend, it is not proposed to extend the legislation beyond agricultural workers, as they are a special case with special problems, and there was never any Labour Party commitment to do so.