Women Police (London)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 19th April 1944.

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Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policewomen are enrolled in London; how many more are needed; and how many women have volunteered to serve.

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

The number of attested women police in the Metropolitan Police District is 175. Four recruits are about to undergo a course of instruction, and one application for appointment is under consideration. Twenty more women are needed to bring the number up to the authorised establishment.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

What action is taken to see that there are sufficient policewomen, not only in London but throughout the country?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

This Question applies only to the Metropolitan Police District, which has set a good example in this matter, but if my hon. Friend knows of any women suitable for this position, perhaps he would be good enough to bring the names to our attention.

Viscountess Astor:

Is it not true that the women of the country have been pressing for women police for the last five years, ever since the war began, and that we could have given the Minister plenty of good names, if the Government had had the intelligence and the vision to ask for them?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

The noble Lady would make a good one.