§ 34. Sir G. Fox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement showing the rates of pay and emoluments for the Metropolitan Police and county police of all ranks, indicating which are Income Tax free.
§ Mr. Ede
Following is the statement for which the hon. Member has asked:
(a) The weekly rates of pay of constables and sergeants in all forces are:
- Constable: 105s. x 3s. to 132s. (10 years) or 140s. where additional long service increments are awarded.
- Sergeant: 150s. to 165s. a week (5 years).
In addition, constables and sergeants are entitled to time-off or payment in lieu for extended hours of duty.
(b) The following scales of pay have recently been approved for other ranks in the Metropolitan Police Force:
- Station Sergeants, and 1st Class C.I.D. Sergeants: 168s. a week × 3s. to 174s. a week.
- Inspectors and 2nd Class C.I.D. Inspectors: £480 × £13 to £532 (4 years) a year.
- Station Inspectors: £480 × £10 to £520 (4 years) a year.
- Sub-Divisional Inspectors and 1st Class C.I.D. Inspectors: £560 × £10 to £600 (4 years) a year.
- Chief Inspectors: £640 × £15 to £700 (4 years) a year.
- Superintendents: £825 × £25 to £975 (6 years) a year.
- Deputy Commanders: £1,050 × £30 to £1,200 (5 years) a year.
- Commanders: £1,375 × £40 to £1,575 (5 years) a year.
- Assistant Commissioner: £1,900.
- Deputy Commissioner: £2,350.
- Commissioner: £3,500.
(c) The following annual scales representing an addition of £50 to the scales previously payable have recently been recommended for adoption by county and borough police authorities:
- Inspectors: £475 × £10 to £515 (4 years). Chief Inspectors: £640 × £15 to £700 (4 years).
- £550 × £15 to £610 (4 years).
- £585 × £10s. to £655 (4 years).
- £615 × £20 to £695 (4 years).
- £660 × £25 to £760 (4 years).
- Chief Superintendents:
- £615 × £20 to £695 (4 years).
- £770 × £20 to £820 (2 years).
- £770 × £25 to £870 (4 years).
- £800 × £25 to £875 (3 years).
- Assistant Chief Constables: Scales varying between £650 × £25 to £750 (4 years) and £1,2
0 × £50 to £1,460 (5 years).
- Chief Constables: Scales varying between £550 × £30 to £700 (5 years) and £1,900 × £100 to £2,400 (5 years).
In addition to pay, police are either provided with houses or quarters by the police authority or receive rent allowances in each case equal to the actual amount paid in rent and rates subject to a "maximum limit" fixed for each rank in each force. The "maximum limits" vary between 10s. and 21s. a week for the rank of constable and between 11s. 6d. and 22s. 6d. a week for the rank of sergeant. Higher rates are fixed for inspectors, superintendents and chief constables.
Police are also provided with uniform (or receive an allowance in lieu) and in the majority of cases receive a boot allowance of 2s. weekly in lieu of an issue of boots.
Police are also provided with free medical and dental treatment.
The principal other allowances for which police are eligible in circumstances set out in the Police Regulations made under the Police Act, 1919, include plain clothes allowance, detective allowance, subsistence, lodging and refreshment allowances, detachment duty allowance, travelling allowance and temporary duty allowance.
Pay, rent allowances, detachment duty allowances and temporary duty allowances are liable to tax, but the value of provided quarters is not regarded as a taxable emolument and as from the commencement of the next fiscal year Income Tax paid on rent allowance will be reimbursable yearly in arrears. The other allowances are by way of reimbursement of expenses incurred in the course of police duty and are not regarded as income for purposes of Income Tax.