HC Deb 04 July 2000 vol 353 c175W
Mr. Winnick

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forms were sent to police officers of all ranks asking if they are freemasons; how many replies stated they(a) were and (b) were not freemasons; and how many declined to answer. [129109]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Some 151,091 forms were sent to police officers and civilian support staff in 32 police forces in England and Wales. Of those, 610 who responded declared that they were freemasons, 49,431 declared that they were not freemasons, and 101,042 did not respond or responded by declining to say whether or not they were freemasons. A breakdown of figures between officers and support staff is not available.

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