§ Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Home Secretary if he will state the total number of the Metropolitan Police Force before the War; the number who have enlisted since the commencement of the War; and the number of special constables now serving in the Metropolis?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The actual strength of the Metropolitan Police on the 5th July, 1914, was 20,834. Including 2,371 men serving in the Fleet or with the Colours, a total of 5,652 members of the force are employed on naval and military duty. The strength of the Special Constabulary is 21,624, exclusive of 9,227 attested for the protection of the premises on which they arc employed.