§ 28. Sir G. Fox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of charges made at Bow Street police 103W station each Friday and Saturday, respectively, for the last 10 weeks; and if he can explain the sudden drop in charges.
§ Mr. Ede
The answer to the first part of the Question is entirely statistical, the figures of which are given below. These figures do not show any fluctuations which appear to call for special explanation, and the second part of the Question does not therefore arise.
Following are the figures:
NUMBER OF POLICE CHARGES taken at Bow Street police station on Fridays and Saturdays* respectively for the 10 weeks ended 2nd March: 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday Total 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. Total 28th Dec. 1945 3 29th Dec.1945 2 4th Jan 1946 — 5th Jan.1946 7 11th Jan. 1946 6 12th Jan.1946 4 18th Jan 1946 4 19th Jan.1946 2 25th Jan.1946 1 26th Jan. 1946 6 1st Feb.1946 2 2nd Feb.1946 6 8th Feb.1946 6 9th Feb.1946 2 15th Feb.1946 10 16th Feb.1946 4 22nd Feb.1946 2 23rd Feb.1946 2 1st Mar1946 3 2nd Mar1946 3 37 38 * The periods 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 am. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday have been selected because the majority of charges taken up to 6 a.m. refer to offences committed late on the previous night.