Day 119 - 02 May 95 - Page 02
1 Tuesday, 2nd May, 1995.
3 MR. SIDNEY THOMAS NICHOLSON, recalled.
4 Cross-Examined by the Defendants, continued.
6 MR. MORRIS: If we can just go back to the beginning about your
7 position and history?
8 A. Yes.
10 Q. Presently you are Ombudsman, yes?
11 A. Yes, that is correct.
13 Q. You identify and deal with problems?
14 A. Yes.
16 Q. Is that individual problems of individuals -- we are
17 talking about staff -- individual members of staff or what?
18 A. We are talking about staff. We are talking about
19 franchisees and the organisation. We are talking about
20 franchises and franchisees; anywhere in the system in which
21 there has arisen a problem which has not been resolved
22 through the normal channels can be referred by either side
23 to me.
25 Q. I am just going to go through the order in which you gave
26 the evidence, so I might dodge about a bit. When you were
27 in the Metropolitan Police, you were in the Metropolitan
28 Police for 31 years?
29 A. No, I was in the Police service for 31 years. I was in
30 the Metropolitan Police from 1959 to when I retired in
33 Q. Before that you were in the Bechuanaland Protective Police?
34 A. Protectorate.
36 Q. Where is that, exactly?
37 A. It is roughly South Africa; it is just north of
38 Transvaal. It is an inland state.
40 Q. When you were in those Police Forces did you have any
41 specific role? I mean, you were generally an operations
42 police officer; is that correct?
43 A. Yes, generally, yes.
45 Q. You did not have a separate position of being a welfare
46 officer or anything like that or Personnel Officer?
47 A. Well, I was for two years a founder member of the
48 Metropolitan Police Force Inspectorate, which is a branch
49 of the Force responsible for ensuring that the Force
50 carries out its function and responsibilities correctly.
51 So, in that position, although I was a Chief
52 Superintendent, I was not commanding anybody.
54 Q. At that time?
55 A. At that time, yes.
57 Q. When was that you were involved with that Inspectorate?
58 A. About roughly 1977 to 1979.
60 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Can I just ask for my own education, in the