§ Mr. McEntee
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the report of His Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Colonel Hallam, in regard to the shortage of training centres for the972W
As regards the second part of the question, I have heard from the Carriers Shipping Company that they have laid up two steamers owing to the state of the coasting freight market. It is not possible to distinguish between vessels laid up owing to foreign competition and those laid up for other reasons, but following is a table of figures showing the total number of coasting vessels laid up at various dates since the beginning of 1938. The hon. Member will appreciate that foreign vessels are not the only competitors of coastwise shipping.
hon. Member for South Nottingham (Mr. Markham).
§ Sir D. Thomson
asked the Lord Privy Seal what are the establishments and the numbers enrolled in the air-raid warden service, in the auxiliary fire services, and in the other air-raid precautions services, respectively, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Dundee, respectively?
§ Sir J. Anderson
The establishments and numbers enrolled are as follow:
preliminary training of police recruits; and will he consider favourably the suggestion for grouping and wider co-operation among police forces to secure a more efficient and expeditious system of training?973W
§ Sir S. Hoare
I am in entire agreement with the principle of concentrating the preliminary training of police recruits in a limited number of training establishments; facilities for this purpose are already provided by a number of the larger forces, and are extensively used. The position generally is being kept under review, and I have every hope that the existing arrangements will be further developed.