§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the same right hon. Gentleman if he is aware that the Metropolitan policemen are only receiving one extra day's holiday in every two months instead of the one day's rest in seven promised by his predecessor in office; and if he is prepared to take action in the matter?1572W
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
It has been explained in this House more than once, both by my predecessor and by me, that the introduction of one day's rest in seven, depending as it does on the progress of recruiting and training, could proceed only gradually and by instalments. The first instalment has now been given, and the others will follow as speedily as the number of additional constables recruited and trained permits. The Commissioner anticipates that the full benefit of the change will be given within four years— possibly sooner.