HL Deb 29 October 1981 vol 424 cc1183-4WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps the Police Forces and the Home Office are taking to prevent the loss by premature retirement of police officers of the calibre of Superintendent David Webb of Handsworth.

Lord Belstead

It is for the individual police officer to decide his own time for retirement. My right honourable friend knows that chief constables share his views on the desirability of retaining experienced officers. He is glad that premature wastage of officers with 2–25 years service is at its lowest level for 10 years.