HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 c476

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether members of the police reserve who were called up or invited to volunteer for police duty in August, 1914, and served throughout the War received the same pay as regular constables employed on similar duty; whether they participate in the increase of pay and pensions recently granted to the police force; and, if not, on what grounds they receive less generous treatment than their comrades?


The terms on which members of the police reserve were employed daring the War were in the discretion of the local police authorities and varied to some extent in different districts, but, generally speaking, they were not entitled to the increase of pay recently given to the regular police or to pension for length of service. In the Metropolitan Police they received, in addition to their pension, and in view of the fact that they would not acquire any right to increase of pension a. rate of pay considerably higher than the regular police were then receiving. All such men, however, if serving on 1st September, 1918, were granted by the Police Act, 1918, a right to a pension for their widows.