§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the Minister of Transport if his attention has been 1394W directed to the dissatisfaction that exists in the police department of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company in consequence of out-of-pocket expenses having been deducted from the officers' retrospective wages from January, 1920, contrary to the agreement arranged between the committee of general managers and the accredited representatives of the railway police; and can he take any action in order to have these amounts paid to the police officers concerned?
§ Mr. NEAL
I am informed that it is not the case that out-of-pocket expenses, which were incurred by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company's police officers when engaged on inquiries, were deducted from the amounts paid in respect of the increases in wages which were retrospective to 1st January, 1920. A deduction was made in respect of a special weekly allowance which had previously been granted in addition to out-of-pocket expenses, but I am informed that the staff have always been granted out-of-pocket expenses even to the smallest amounts.