§ MR. COOPER (Southwark, Bermondsey)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is necessary for a Metropolitan police constable to obtain the sanction of a police surgeon to enter the police convalescent home at Brighton as a non-paying patient; whether the inspector in charge of the sub-division has the authority to inform the surgeon that such a recommendation will not be entertained; and, if not, what is the constable's remedy.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) Any constable, when on leave, may enter the convalescent home at Brighton and remain there at his own expense, but he can only go there as a sick man free of cost to himself on the recommendation of the divisional surgeon, ratified by chief surgeon. The sub-divisional inspector has not power to grant or withhold sick leave.