§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, with a view to saving expense to the public, as well as increasing the comfort to the men, he will consider the advisability of issuing from time to time one pair of serge trousers to correspond with the serge jackets of the Metropolitan Police in lieu of a pair of cloth trousers.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. RITCHIE,) Croydon
The trousers supplied to the police for summer wear are made of thin cloth, and I am not aware of any general desire that serge should be substituted. Nor do I think it desirable that this should be done, having regard to the exigencies of police service, and to the fact that the men are exposed to all weathers and frequently to rapid and considerable changes of temperature.