HC Deb 21 October 1971 vol 823 cc166-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will cause an investigation to be made to ascertain to what extent revenue can be obtained with a view to increasing police salaries and pensions and thereby increasing the police manpower by enabling the police forces to establish security firms on a payment basis in competition with the private enterprise organisations in this field.

Mr. Sharples

No. My right hon. Friend does not think it would be right, even if it were practicable, for police forces to go into business.