HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 cc393-4W
Mr. Ashton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement outlining the current practice in respect of allowing the staff of the Metropolitan police time off in working hours for sporting and leisure activities;

(2) what was the highest total number of hours given in time off for leisure of sporting activities to any member of the Metropolitan police force in 1990;

(3) how many working hours were lost in the Metropolitan police force in 1990 because of sporting and leisure activities; and what was the cost to public funds;

(4) if he will list the various sporting and leisure activities which the staff of the Metropolitan police force had time off work for last year.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The Deputy Commissioner has told me that officers representing the Metropolitan police at first or second team level, at sports affiliated to the Metropolitan Police Athletic Association are allowed up to four hours once a week in duty time to take part in matches, subject to the exigencies of duties. The sports involved are as listed.

  • American Football
  • Angling
  • Archery
  • Association Football
  • Athletics and cross country
  • Badminton Basketball
  • Billiards and Snooker
  • Bowling
  • Bridge
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Fencing
  • Flying
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn Tennis
  • Male Voice Choir
  • Martial Arts
    • Karate
    • Kung Fu
    • Aikido
    • Kendo
  • Motor Sport
    • Rallies
    • Motor Cycle
    • Racing
    • Old Vehicles
  • Mountaineering
  • Netball
  • Race Walking
  • Rowing
  • Rugby Football
  • Rugby League
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Squash Racquets
  • Sub-Aqua
  • Swimming
    • Water Polo
  • Table Tennis
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Triathlon
  • Tug of War
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

The Deputy Commissioner does not hold centrally the other information requested, which could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

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