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Police (Recruitment)

Volume 897: debated on Saturday 16 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking both to encourage the recruitment of women and girls to the police force, and to give them opportunities for promotion.

The national recruiting campaign is aimed at attracting both men and women into the police service. We are continuing to encourage forces to recruit more women police officers and to provide better opportunities for their promotion and appointment to specialist duties.

The Sex Discrimination Bill will, as the hon. Member is aware, apply to the police.

Will the Minister give more details of the encouragement that is being given to promotions, as opposed to recruitment?

The Sex Discrimination Bill involves promotion. I think that it will make it easier for women in the police service to rise to more senior appointments, and the opportunities for specialist duties and promotion will be increased.