§ 37. Mr. YEO
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inform the House what alterations are proposed in the duties of the permanent police staff of the House of Commons; whether he is aware of the feeling that these are causing; and whether such changes are made with his sanction?
§ Mr. BRACE
No change is contemplated in the pay and duties of the sessional police. These men, as distinct from those permanently employed, hold temporary appointments only while the House is sitting. They receive an allowance of 1s. per day in addition to their pay, while so employed, in recognition of the responsible nature of these duties, and of the fact that their hours of duty are sometimes prolonged. When the House is not in Session, their duties cease, and the allowance is discontinued. At present sessional police do special duty for three days weekly, reverting to ordinary duty for the rest of the week, and they draw the special allowance for such time only as they are actually earning it.
§ Mr. FLAVIN
Is it not a fact that the cost of living has increased by 40 per cent., and what proportion of it do the police get by way of increased wages?