Night Clubs (Inspection).

Oral Answers to Questions — Police. – in the House of Commons on 14th February 1929.

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Photo of Mr John Hayes Mr John Hayes , Liverpool Edge Hill

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is in a position to make a statement with regard to any changes in the Metropolitan police organisation for dealing with clubs, gaming, and other disorderly houses; and whether such changes will involve any increase in the strength of the Criminal Investigation Department?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

No, Sir. The Uniformed Branch will continue to be responsible, with assistance from the C.I.D. as occasion may require. The question of further police powers is being examined, and I understand that the Royal Commission have heard evidence on the subject.

Captain O'CONNOR:

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asked the Home Secretary whether he can state the names of the superior officers who were responsible for supervising ex-Sergeant Goddard in the performance of his duties in connection with the control of night clubs and disorderly houses?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

The officers of "C" Division who were responsible, in greater or less degree and at one period or another, for the supervision of Ex-Sergeant Goddard between 1914 and his suspension from duty, included four Superintendents, six Chief Inspectors and 11 Sub-divisional Inspectors. I do not think any public interest would be served by my giving their names.

Captain O'CONNOR:

In view of the fact that there are evidently a large number of people who are so responsible, is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that these extensive frauds could have occurred without the connivance of any of them?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I am quite satisfied that the Commissioner of Police has gone most fully into the whole of this question, and has reported to me. Certain steps have been taken, but I think there is no need to give any names.

Photo of Mr John Hayes Mr John Hayes , Liverpool Edge Hill

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many of the total number of officers involved still remain in the service?

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

Can the right hon. Gentleman allocate to any of the officers responsible the responsibility for dismissing constables who brought charges of irregularity against Sergeant Goddard?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

No. A constable who brought charges some years ago was dismissed from Scotland Yard after a very long and full inquiry, but, as the hon. and gallant Member knows, I have that matter in hand.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The right hon. Gentleman does not wish to give names.