50 Years Ago – 26 February 1971

26 February 1971

Agreement was finally reached on police pay, with 100,000 police officers receiving an increase of up to 22%, lower than the 35% which had been requested. The Government said that the pay increase would cost £22 million but that the police were a special case due to concerns about the number of officers leaving the service.

The Government said that it was hopeful that agreement could be made on the dispute between power workers and their management, following a recent work to rule from staff.

William Whitelaw (in main image above) said that MPs would be given the chance to debate in the House of Commons the sale of arms to South Africa.