HC Deb 15 May 1899 vol 71 c598

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the case of ex-Police Constable Frederick Upperton, who, on retirement from the Metropolitan Police Force after more than 25 years' service, has been granted a pension based upon the amount of his pay as police constable for 52 weeks in the year, exclusive of the extra pay of 1s. a day granted to constables on duty at the Houses of Parliament; and if, having regard to the number of constables employed on similar duty, and in receipt of the same extra pay, and the desirability of getting a legal decision upon the matter, he will adopt the course taken in the case of ex-Inspector Ruff by the right honourable the Member for East Fife when Home Secretary, and will give facilities for the matter to be brought before the Court of Quarter Sessions, and will pay such reasonable costs as ex-Police Constable Upperton may incur in obtaining a legal decision on a matter affecting all constables on duty at the Houses of Parliament.


My attention has been called to this case, but I should not feel justified in adopting the course suggested. The circumstances on the occasion referred to by my honourable, friend were very different.