HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc206-7W
Mr. Austin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many ex-Palestine police constables and sergeants have received police appointments in the rank of inspector and above in Malaya and in other Colonial forces; and how many ex-Palestine police officers who were at or close to the retiring age when the mandate terminated and under the special regulations issued could have been retired under a full pension were also given further police appointments, when other younger officers whose careers had been cut short were available for such positions.

Mr. Creech Jones

Forty-four constables and sergeants of the Palestine Police Force have been transferred to Malaya in the rank of inspector or above and six to other Colonial territories, including three on secondment. In addition, 103 have been transferred in the rank of assistant inspector or sub-inspector. There are no cases in which officers of the rank of inspector or above have been transferred when either at or close to the retiring age, but three officers in this category have been given temporary re-employment on agreement. In these cases experienced officers were required for special duties and younger men would not have been suitable.

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