Part-Time Police (Release)
Oral Answers to Questions — Resettlement (Training Allowances)

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Sir Joseph Lamb (Stone)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether part-time special constables and other part-time police auxiliaries can now be released from the war-time restrictions on their freedom to resign.

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Mr Donald Somervell (Crewe)

Yes, Sir. I am glad to say that the war-time restrictions on the liberty to resign of part-time special constables and part-time members of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps and the police auxiliary messenger service will come to an end on the 1st July. This does not mean that there will be no further need for the help of special constables. Such help will still be wanted, and I am confident that many of them will be willing to maintain their association with the police service on the traditional voluntary basis. I feel sure the House will wish me to express our appreciation of the loyal and devoted service rendered by the special constabulary and the other part-time members of the police service throughout the war.

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Mr Evelyn Walkden (Doncaster)

Will this apply to all women who have resigned and who were born after 1916, bearing in mind that there is still a rigid form of control applying to such persons, I believe whether they are married or unmarried, although I am not sure in the latter case?

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Mr Donald Somervell (Crewe)

I am not sure that I quite follow the hon. Member. This applies to part-time special constables, and to part-time members of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps and the Police Auxiliary Messenger Service.