§ Colonel DAY
asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that constables in the Metropolitan police area are patrolling two and more beats owing to the increasing duties of the police and the depleted strength of the service; and when it may be expected that the present strength will be increased?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have been giving this matter my careful consideration for some time, and have already authorised the Commissioner to recruit the force up to the full establishment. This measure will be completed. I hope, by the end of this month.