HL Deb 25 June 1986 vol 477 cc407-8WA
Lord Allen of Abbeydale

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average length of time which elapses between an individual applying to join the metropolitan police and his being sworn in as a constable.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Glenarthur)

I understand from the commissioner that the average figure for the recruits who joined the force in January 1986 was 39 weeks.