§ 28. Mr. Edward Gardner
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Police Council.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
I last met the Official Side of the Police Council on 3rd March. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, with the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland and me, met representatives of the Police Federations for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who constitute the Staff Side of Committee C of the Police Council—the committee which deals with pay of police officers up to the rank of chief inspector—on 7th March. In addition the Police Council met on 15th March but the Police Federations for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland declined to attend, and they have not attended any meeting of the Police Council since 21st July 1976.