HC Deb 26 February 1886 vol 302 cc1377-8

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Police under Sir Edmund Henderson have efficiently maintained order and respect for property in the Metropolis during seventeen years; and, whether it is a fact that Sir Edmund Henderson's resignation was accepted within a few hours of its being tendered, and before the Report of the Committee upon the disturbances of 8th February was made known to Parliament and the Country, without any acknowledgment of his long services?


In reply to my hon. Friend, I would say that Sir Edmund Henderson has done much to deserve the gratitude of the public for the manner in which the police under his charge have maintained order in the Metropolis for many years, the ugh Sir Edmund Henderson's resignation was formally accepted shortly after being tendered, yet I was aware for some little time previously that Sir Edmund intended to send in his resignation. Together with the official letter accepting the resignation, I wrote a separate note, expressing my regret that this duty should have fallen upon me, and my appreciation of his past services. In an official letter written to the Treasury on the subject of pension, I again expressed my sense for Sir Edmund Henderson's services, and I replied in similar terms to the letter in which he asked me to write to the Treasury. I have reason to believe that Sir Edmund Henderson is completely satisfied with the recognition which has been accorded to his long and faithful service.


Arising out of that Question, I beg to ask whether any pension has been awarded to Sir Edmund Henderson?


No; not yet. I have spoken of a letter written to the Treasury on the subject; but my hon. Friend is probably aware that letters of that kind to the Treasury are not answered in less than a few days.

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