§ 37. Mr. GLANVILLE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the hours of labour of Metropolitan police constables on Sunday day duty, and what time is allowed them between the hour of commencing duty and the hour of finishing duty, in order that they may get refreshments to eat and drink?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. McKenna)
The hours of day duty on Sundays are eight, and mainly to meet the wishes of 198 the men they are allowed to perform this duty in one tour, whereby they secure a longer period of uninterrupted leisure. The men carry their own food with them, and are instructed to take it as opportunity presents itself. It would not be practicable to provide temporary relief on Sunday, since it is the practice to allow as large a number of men as possible to avail themselves of the leave due to them on that day. Any alteration of the existing practice would, I believe, be unpopular with the great majority of the men.