§ Mr. BANFIELD
asked the Home Secretary the age, previous police experience, or other qualifications of Mr. Nott Bower who was recently appointed Chief Constable, Metropolitan Police, and the pay and pension conditions attaching to the appointment; whether consideration was given to members of the British constabulary before the appointment was made; and whether, in the making of future appointments, he will cause particulars of appointments to be advertised in the police Press as is done in connection with appointments in county and borough constabularies?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
Mr. Nott Bower is 41. He has had nearly 22 years of experience in the Indian Police and secured the highest recommendations for his work. His pay as a chief constable is £800 rising to £1,000 a year, and his pension would depend on the length of service and the rank he reaches before retirement. Consideration was given to a large number of possible candidates, including some in the British constabulary, before the appointment was made: and I do not think it is necessary to advertise appointments of this kind in the public Press.