HC Deb 03 February 1977 vol 925 cc728-9
10. Mr. Ogden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received for an increase in the establishment of the Merseyside police force; and what action he proposes to take.

Dr. Summerskill

No formal proposal has been put to my right hon. Friend, but discussions have taken place between the chief constable, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and Home Office officials about an increase. I understand that the police authority is now consulting the county council about an increase of 110.

Mr. Ogden

Is my hon. Friend aware that very shortly she can expect a proposal from the police authority for such an increase? Is she aware that the Merseyside Police have to deal with increasing city and urban crime as well as being in a key position regarding security arrangements between England and Northern Ireland? The bomb that went off in the city yesterday was one that got through. It was not the first attempt and probably it will not be the last. Will she give both aspects her consideration when she receives a formal request for an increase in establishment?

Dr. Summerskill

I am sure that the points that my hon. Friend has made will be taken into consideration during the discussions, and that my right hon. Friend will give careful consideration to any proposal based on the results of the discussions.