§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to a report of a case heard in Lambeth County Court on the 23rd July, in the course of which the plaintiff, George R. Glenie, of Heber Road, East Dulwich, clothing manufacturer, is reported to have stated in evidence that he made a suit of uniform for the Metropolitan Police for 1s. 3d.; and, whether there is any truth in this statement?
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
No, Sir, I have not seen the report of this case, but Glenie has stated in reply to an inquiry that the report is incorrect and that he really said (pointing at the same time to a constable in Court) "I can make a policeman's suit for one and eightpence." Glenie, in fact, has never made a uniform for the Metropolitan Police. As the right hon. Member is aware, stringent clauses are inserted in the police clothing contracts for the purpose of ensuring fair wages, and I have every reason to believe that they are successful.