asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will review the procedures followed by police authorities when appointing a chief constable, so that in place of the present system of short interviews by a sub-committee of the police authority with no guarantee that any member has had experience of making appointments to very senior positions, a system should be worked out which is no less thorough than the well tried procedure for selecting outstanding police constables for the special course at Bramshill.
§ Lord BELSTEAD
No. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary takes the view that the form of interview is properly a matter for police authorities.