HC Deb 19 July 1956 vol 556 cc105-6W
63. Mr. Harold Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date in 1953 promises were made to the Police Federation to remedy the defects of the Police Act, 1919, which is said to prevent back pay being made to certain sections of the police force.

Major Lloyd-George

At a meeting of the statutory Police Council on 5th November, 1952, at which a number of questions relating to the setting up of new negotiating machinery were discussed, my predecessor (Sir David Maxwell Fyfe as he then was) said that one of the matters for which he thought that provision should be made in the legislation setting up the new machinery was to allow agreements or awards on police pay to be given retrospective effect in suitable cases. No undertaking was given to introduce legislation dealing with this point alone. It has not yet been found possible to introduce legislation relating to negotiating machinery generally and the Police Council for Great Britain has functioned on a voluntary basis.