§ MR. COBB
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether during the influenza epidemic of last year full pay was granted in every case which was specially recommended by the police surgeon to constables of the Metropolitan Police Force who were absent from being attacked; whether an order has been made by the Chief Commissioner of Police, under which 1s. a day is deducted from the pay of constables who are now absent in consequence of influenza, although their cases are so specially recommended; and whether he will give directions so that the constables may be treated in the same way as to sick pay as they were during last year's epidemic?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
Yes, Sir; full pay was granted last year in those cases in which it was recommended by the divisional surgeons, and endorsed by the superintendents of divisions. No special order has been made by the Commissioner on the subject, and it will not be necessary to issue any directions in the matter, as—the circumstances being the same—the same practice will be followed as last year.