§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
asked the Home Secretary whether he is taking any action with regard to the recommendations of the Desborough Committee in favour of the amalgamation of the police forces for the purpose of securing the standardisation of the conditions of service, training and working methods of the police?
§ Captain HACKING
My right hon. Friend has taken such action as has been possible from time to time to secure the objects which the Committee had in, view, and eight small borough forces have been merged in the respective county constabularies since the date of the Committee's874W Report. Nothing more, I am afraid, can be done in this direction without legislation which there has been no opportunity, so far, to introduce, but a considerable measure of standardisation of conditions has been secured by other means.