HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 c928
31. Mr. McEntee

asked the Home Secretary whether the application of the Weekly Rest-day Act is being applied similarly to regular police, first reserve police and war reserve police; and whether, in those forces where the weekly rest-day is suspended owing to present emergency conditions, payment for the loss of the rest-day is made to members of either of the aforementioned classes?

Sir J. Anderson

Under the provisions of the Police (Weekly Rest-day) Act,1910, the right to a weekly rest-day is suspended generally in the present emergency, and there is no question of any payment in lieu of rest-days lost. Time off in compensation for lost rest-days is, however, allowed both to regular police and to police auxiliaries so far as the exigencies of duty permit.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, as far as possible, the weekly rest-day or its equivalent is granted reasonably within, say, seven or eight days?

Sir J. Anderson

I have issued a circular to all police authorities urging them to allow time off wherever possible, and I believe that that is the practice.