§ Colonel DAY
asked the Home Secretary the number of complaints lodged within the Metropolitan Police area during the period of the general strike, as to the conduct of members of the police reserve and special constabulary; and what action has resulted from such complaints?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
Complaints involving 13 special constables have been received, and I append a statement showing the nature of the complaint and the action taken in each case. In addition, a complaint of assault was made against certain police and special constables, but on inquiry not substantiated:
No. Nature of Complaint and Action Taken. 3. Larceny.—One arrested and awaiting trial. 3. Drunk and disorderly, etc.—Prosecuted and fined. Services dispensed with. 1. Dangerous driving.—Proceedings pending. 1. Drunk in charge of motor car.—Prosecuted and fined. Services dispensed with. 2. Dangerous driving.—Evidence insufficient for proceedings to be taken. 1. Interfering with motorist.—Services dispensed with. 1. Interfering with notice on motor car.—Inquiry made but no evidence obtainable. 1. Abusive language.—Complainant referred to his civil remedy.