§ 38. Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in accordance with Section 29 of the Police Act, 1964, he will require the police authority to call upon the Chief Constable of Durham to retire.
§ Mr. Callaghan
Section 29 of the Police Act, 1964, empowers me to require a police authority to call upon a chief constable to retire in the interests of efficiency. The Chief Constable of Durham has recently uttered some highly coloured personal views about putting criminals to death. I completely dissociate myself from these views. But this matter is not his professional concern and in this respect I have no reason to suppose that the discharge of his official duties will be affected. The answer to the Question is therefore, "No".