§ MR. CAUSTON (South wark, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are made to provide the Metropolitan Police with refreshments when on night duty; and whether it could be arranged to send round from the divisional headquarters supplies of hot tea, coffee, or cocoa?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that the practice is that night-duty men have a tin bottle containing tea or coffee, and heated with a small lamp which forms part of the apparatus. This arrangement was recommended by a Board of Superintendents in 1887 as the best practicable under all the circumstances. It would not be practicable to supply refreshments from head-quarters. The hon. Member may feel certain that the comforts and welfare of the men are carefully attended to by their superior officers.