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Volume 481: debated on Thursday 30 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present shortage in the Metropolitan Police; and to what extent the force has increased since the new pay scales came into force.

The present shortage in the establishment of the Metropolitan Police is 3,771 men and 12 women. The new scales of pay came into force on 1st July, 1949, and since that date there has been a net increase of 355 men and 88 women.