Oral Answers to Questions — Police Federation.

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the discontent amongst police officers at the delays experienced in the operations of the Police Federation and at its failure to secure prompt redress of their grievances; and whether he will withdraw the prohibition against police officers having a properly constituted association of their own?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir; I am not aware that there is any responsible body of opinion, either in the police service or elsewhere, which would favour the establishment of some other representative organisation in place of the Police Federation as constituted by the Police Act, 1919.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Will the Home Secretary be good enough to inform the Police Federation that they can speak their minds freely on this subject without fear of victimisation, and, if they express themselves in the sense of this question, will he be prepared to give them freedom?