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Peckham and Camberwell Sub-Division (Transfers)

Oral Answers to Questions — Police – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 1957.

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Photo of Mrs Freda Corbet Mrs Freda Corbet , Camberwell Peckham 12:00 am, 6th June 1957

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why two senior police officers were recently transferred at short notice from the Peckham and Camberwell sub-division, in view of the fact that such precipitate transfer inflicts hardship on the officers concerned, and has acted as a reflection on their competence and integrity.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

These officers were transferred because the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis decided that it was necessary in the interests of efficiency. I understand that they have been informed that the transfer in no way reflects on their integrity and I have no reason to think that there is any hardship other than the normal inconvenience which is caused by transfers.

Photo of Mrs Freda Corbet Mrs Freda Corbet , Camberwell Peckham

Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that there are a number of unsatisfactory features to this case, and will he undertake that a full inquiry will be made into them?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I regret that I cannot agree to that. I must leave matters of this sort to the discretion of the Commissioner of Police.