HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 c202W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Home Secretary what bodies or corporations other than the railways are entitled to clothe certain of their employees in uniforms practically identical with that of members of the Metropolitan Police Force; what police powers these persons exercise; and under what authority.

Mr. Ede

Among the official police forces other than the Metropolitan police and the forces maintained by the various county and borough police authorities the most important are the railway and dock police and the departmental forces maintained by the Service Departments and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. All these forces exercise police powers under various statutory provisions and with varying statutory limitations, and their members wear similar, though not identical uniforms. There are various organisations whose employees wear uniform in some respects resembling police uniform but my information is that generally the resemblance is not such as to come within the scope of Section 10 of the Police Act. 1919.

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