HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 c266W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he proposes to take further to encourage police authorities to increase the number of policemen on the beat.

Mr. Whitelaw

I attach importance to supporting chief officers of police in making most effective use of their manpower. The full implementation of the pay award recommended by the Edmund Davies Committee will, I am confident, maintain the improvement in police strengths which are essential.