Oral Answers to Questions — Lancashire Constabulary (Disciplinary Action).

– in the House of Commons at on 17 May 1934.

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Photo of Mr James Stones Mr James Stones , Farnworth

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asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that the circumstances under which Chief-Inspector Easton and Detective-Sergeant Bond, of the Lancashire Constabulary, stationed at Farnworth, have been reduced in rank, and Sergeant Crowther, of the same force, has been fined, have aroused resentment throughout the Bolton petty sessional division; and whether he will call for a further investigation into the whole circumstances of the case?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

My hon. Friend brought this case to my notice, but I have received no other representations about it. The disciplinary authority in a county police force is placed by statute in the hands of the Chief Constable, and it is not within my province to review his decision in individual cases of this kind.

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Lonsdale

In cases like this and the similar case of Police Constable Robinson recently, in which considerable public interest was aroused, is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman to institute a public inquiry?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I think it is quite unnecessary.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

In view of the very severe punishment meted out to these officers at Farnworth, cannot the right hon. Gentleman, even if he had no statutory powers, communicate with the Chief Constable of Lancashire and use his good offices to get these men reinstated in their previous positions?

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the discontent and apprehension that exist in the Lancashire County Police Force; and whether he will cause an inquiry to be held into the actions of the Chief Constable of Lancashire?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative.

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

If I bring to the notice of my right hon. Friend evidence of the grossly excessive and cruel punishment that this Chief Constable is meting out to members of the force——

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

I should not allow that question to be put on the Paper, and I cannot allow it to be put as a supplementary question.

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

May I give notice that I intend to raise this question, with permission, on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House on some future occasion?

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

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asked the Home Secretary whether he will furnish the House with a return of the number of dismissals, rank reductions, and voluntary resignations in the Lancashire County Constabulary during the last two years?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The Chief Constable informs me that during the two years ending on 30th April last three members of his force were dismissed, 13 were ordered to resign as an alternative to dismissal, nine were reduced in rank, and 25 resigned for reasons of their own.

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how that compares with other districts, with other counties?

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

Could you inform him that Lancashire is not Russia?

Photo of Mr Arthur Caporn Mr Arthur Caporn , Nottingham West

Is there not a right of appeal in these cases to the Home Secretary, and has that right of appeal been exercised?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

Yes, there is a right of appeal.