HC Deb 17 July 1952 vol 503 c166W
62. Mr. Edward Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far the police force of Great Britain is below establishment; and in which parts of the country the shortage of new entrants is greatest.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

At 30th June, 1952, the male strength of the police forces in England and Wales was 8,667 below the authorised establishment, as compared with a deficiency of 11,079 at 30th September, 1951. The largest deficiencies are in the Metropolitan, City of London, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford police forces.