asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the powers conferred on the Receiver of the Metropolitan Police under the Metropolitan Police Act, 1829, are of an absolute character; and will he consider amending the Act so as to set up a joint board of control with representatives of the Home Office, the Treasury, and City and County Councils in the area of the Metropolitan Police district to determine and administer the policy and finance of the Metropolitan Police?
As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member's question of 31st March last, the Receiver is subject to the control of the Home Secretary, as police authority, in all matters of expenditure of money from the Metropolitan Police Fund. As regards the second part of the question, I can add nothing to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 7th April last.
I do not think the right hon. Gentleman understood my question. Will he tell me under what Act he himself, or anybody in his position, has power over the Receiver, who takes his powers under the Act mentioned?