HC Deb 26 July 1915 vol 73 cc1939-40
22. Mr. WING

asked the Home Secretary why the Home Office refused to confirm the rise of wages to the Durham County Police, though recommended by the county authorities; and if he is aware that the refusal of the Home Office to confirm the rise of wages recommended is now aggravated by increased duties, decreased holiday, non-issue of clothing, etc., the whole combined resulting in grave discontent in the force?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Barrow-in-Furness on the 28th of June. The policy of meeting the exigencies of the case by means of a special war allowance, rather than by raising the fixed scale of annual pay, is being adopted by an increasing number of police authorities, and I do not see why it should not be adopted in Durham.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these advances were made previously to the War, and that constables who desired to enlist are called upon to resign? Has that the right hon. Gentleman's approval?


I do not think that question really arises out of the one on the Paper, but I will make inquiries if the hon. Member desires.