Oral Answers to Questions — Police Pay (Report)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th April 1949.

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Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea 12:00 am, 28th April 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has yet received the Oaksey Committee report on conditions of pay in the Police Force.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

Yes, Sir. The first part of the Committee's report dealing with pay, allowances and pensions has now been published as a Command paper.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

In view of the long time that has been taken to produce this report, could the Under-Secretary say how long his Department will take to go into it, and when this House may have an opportunity to discuss it?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

I am afraid that I cannot state any actual date. Obviously it has to be considered by a number of interested bodies as well as by the Department. There will be no unnecessary delay.

Mr. H. D. Hughes:

As the police force in many of our towns is under-manned and well below establishment, will my hon. Friend push on as rapidly as possible with a decision about implementing these recommendations?

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Holderness

Will that be done without waiting for the remainder of the recommendations?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

Yes, I. think that action can be taken on this part of the report.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

Will my hon. Friend ask the Home Secretary to consider the advisability of consulting the Police Federation again before the report is implemented?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

All the police bodies will be considering this report within the next few days or weeks.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

In view of the fact that this Committee has been at work since last December, cannot the Under-Secretary give us some estimate as to when the Government will make up their minds on this matter and announce their decision to the House?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

I have already said that I cannot give a date.

Photo of Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks , Chichester

Do I understand from the reply of the Under-Secretary that he is proposing to take action to implement a report before the matter has been discussed by Parliament?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

Certainly not. I said nothing of the kind.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

Oh, yes, the Under-Secretary did.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Younger Mr Kenneth Younger , Grimsby

I said nothing of the kind. I suppose the hon. Gentleman was referring to the question in which I was asked, if I understood it rightly, whether it would be necessary to await the second part of the report before anything could be done on the first part, which has been published. That was the question which I intended to answer, and if it was another question which was put to me, that is a different matter. That is how I understood the question.