HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 cc195-6W
109. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that Metropolitan Police officers on point duty sometimes have to take shelter from very heavy rain; and if he will arrange for them to direct traffic horn a stand with a roof over it, or from under an umbrella.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The carrying out of beat, patrol and point duty in the rain is an accepted part of police duty. It would not be practicable to erect roofed-in stands for officers on point duty; and, while umbrellas are said to have been carried by Guards Officers at Waterloo, I do not think that they would be suitable for the police.