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Police

Volume 895: debated on Thursday 17 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how many the Humberside Police Force is under the allowed number.

On 30th June 1975, 219 below the authorised establishment of 1,939.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police pay award due to be implemented on 1st September will be paid in full.

I shall lay before Parliament, in time for the new rates to be paid from 1st September, regulations which will provide for payment of the settlement in full.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he believes it to be necessary to discourage members of the police force to refrain from commenting on the role of Parliament and Government, regarding the maintenance of respect for law and order.

Comment of the sort referred to by the hon. Member must be judged in the light of the long-established principle, embodied in the Police Regulations, that police officers must be seen to be impartial in the exercise of their duties, and that in particular they should take no active part in politics.