Ex-Palestine Police Officers

Oral Answers to Questions — Police – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the ex-Palestine Police Force have been recruited into the Metropolitan Police; and how many of these have been allocated to divisions covering the boroughs of Stepney, Hackney, Stoke Newington and Bethnal Green.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

One hundred and sixty-eight ex-Palestine Police officers are serving in the Metropolitan Police: of these, 27 are attached to stations covering the boroughs of Stepney, Hackney, Stoke Newington and Bethnal Green.

Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End

Does the Home Secretary recall that the police constable who a little while ago was convicted of incendiarism was one of the ex-Palestine Police? The Home Secretary will remember that constable's attitude towards certain inhabitants of East London. Will the right hon. Gentleman therefore look into this matter?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

No, Sir. The police constable in question was not an ex-member of the Palestine Police Force, but had served in the Regular Army in Palestine.