asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to set up a committee to inquire into the pay and conditions obtaining in the police forces in England and Wales.
This Committee will be set up in 1949 to recommend for the Secretary of State's consideration scales of pay and conditions to become operative on 1st January, 1950, on the expiry of the agreement reached by the Police Council on 5th November, 1946.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that the pay, conditions and pensions of the police force are adequate for the class of personnel required; and what action he proposes to take to lessen the number of resignations therefrom.
I am fully satisfied with the quality of the recruits now entering the police service, but the question whether general conditions are such as to attract and retain recruits in the numbers required depends upon a number of factors, not all of which are within my control. The present rates of pay are based upon an agreement reached on the Police Council in November last. Pension conditions are now being discussed by the Council.