HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1262W

Mr. HAYDAY asked the Home Secretary when it is intended to set up the appeal tribunal recommended by the Desborough Report, paragraph 126, to which police should have the right of appeal against a decision of a chief officer of police involving dismissal; and whether the tribunal will consider applications in relation to cases which occurred prior to the 1st April, 1919, or only applications in respect of dismissals since that date?

Mr. SHORTT: A Police Council appointed under Section 4 of the Police Act, 1919, is meeting this week, and I shall have the advantage of hearing what they have to say with regard to procedure in discipline cases, but the particular recommendation to which the hon. Member refers cannot be given effect to without legislation. In any case, the change in procedure could not apply retrospectively to cases settled before it came into force