§ Mr. KEATING
asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the case of Peter M'Anany, a pensioned police constable of the Metropolitan Police, who was called upon to resign in June, 1915; is he aware that this man left a good position to rejoin the police on the outbreak of war, that he served for ten months without complaint, that after only one week's sickness from a festering corn he reported himself to the divisional surgeon as fit to resume duty, and was so certified; will he say why this instruction to resume was subsequently cancelled and M'Anany told to resign; is there any Commissioner's order or police regulation that rejoined pensioners after one week's sickness are not to be retained in the service; and will he now, in view of the need for men in His Majesty's military forces, reinstate M'Anany, and so relieve one of the younger police officers who have volunteered to enlist?
§ Sir J. SIMON
I have already considered the case of this pensioner, who rejoined on the outbreak of the War. After being under medical treatment from time to time on account of trouble with his feet, he was in June last certified as not physically fit for police duty, and was accordingly retired. It is not proposed to re-employ him. Obviously, the possession of sound feet is a primary necessity for men engaged on police duty.