HC Deb 24 July 1924 vol 176 c1495
23. Captain Viscount CURZON

asked the Home Secretary how many county boroughs and county police forces up to the present have adopted white overalls for the use of the police employed on point duty; and whether he can now say why these overalls are considered unsuitable in the Metropolitan police area?


White overalls are used by four county forces and 35 county borough forces. The main reason against their use in the Metropolitan police district is that they are considered unnecessary. Their unsuitability is due partly to the fact that any beat or patrol constable may have occasion to regulate the traffic, and it would be undesirable to have some men who OTO engaged in that duty in overalls and others not.