HC Deb 14 December 1916 vol 88 c901W

asked the Home Secretary if it is now obligatory in all or any districts for one of each pair of metropolitan special constable patrols to carry an electric torch; if these are provided without cost to the special constables; if men who had previously supplied them at their own expense will be repaid the cost; and if refills are to be provided or a sufficient allowance made in respect of them to cover the cost when on duty?


It is not obligatory in any part of the Metropolitan Police district for special constables to carry torches. A considerable number of torches have been supplied officially; for these refills are issued free of cost. Special constables who have provided themselves with torches (which are of various makes and sizes) are not supplied with refills save in exceptional cases, and no allowance is made them to cover the cost.