§ Captain GILMOUR
asked if the conditions of employment of matrons for police stations are that they receive as wages £1 1s. per week, that leave is only granted on alternate Sundays, no sick leave being granted without payment of a substitute, no gratuitous medical attendance, and no pension; and whether, as these appointments are generally given to a constable's widow and as the duties in connection with drunken and violent prisoners are frequently unpleasant and sometimes dangerous, he will investigate the circumstances with a view to improving their position?
§ Mr. McKENNA
Permanent matrons are employed at certain police stations on the terms stated. I understand that for a large part of the day their duties are very light, and that these posts are greatly sought after. So far as I am aware no representations have been made to the Home Office for any improvement in their position, but I will look into the matter.