HC Deb 13 July 1950 vol 477 c119W
82. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the status of road safety patrols now under the direction of the Metropolitan Police; what are the hours of work and pay; and why the annual paid fortnight's holiday has been abolished.

Mr. Ede

These school-crossing patrols are part-time civil staff employed under the Commissioner of Police; they derive their authority from the sign authorised by the Minister of Transport under the Road Traffic Act, 1930, which they carry. Hours of duty and, therefore, wages vary in accordance with needs; in Leyton the daily hours of duty are 2 hours 10 minutes in term time and 1¾ hours for those employed during the holidays to supervise children going to and from schools for meals, and their weekly rates of pay are £2 5s. and £1 15s. respectively for men and £1 17s. 6d. and £1 9s. 2d. respectively for women. Under their conditions of employment the staff do not receive holidays with pay.