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Sir Basil Thomson

Volume 148: debated on Wednesday 9 November 1921

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asked the Home Secretary whether the honourable understanding come to between him and Sir Basil Thomson in March, 1920, regarding the latter's position was communicated at the time to the Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan police and to the Cabinet; when General Horwood first complained of the arrangement come to under this honourable understanding; and when General Horwood first complained of alleged acts of insubordination on the part of Sir Basil Thomson?

The arrangement made in April, 1920, was settled in consultation with the Commissioner of Police. It was not a matter that required to be communicated to the Cabinet. I cannot say exactly when General Horwood first complained verbally, but he first complained in writing on 29th October, 1920, that the arrangement was unsatisfactory. As regards the third part of the question, to the best of my recollection it was in May or June, 1921, that General Horwood first complained verbally that Sir Basil Thomson was acting in disregard of the arrangements he had accepted, and without the Commissioner's approval or knowledge in matters in which he ought to have been consulted or informed.