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Police Reservists (Wives And Relatives)

Volume 65: debated on Saturday 8 August 1914

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Perhaps the Home Secretary will answer an important question. It is whether he is aware that there are a large number of the wives and relatives of the police reservists who have been informed that, after the first payment, the men have been struck off pay, and whether he will take immediate steps to make public the arrangements for granting out of the police funds the allowances and gratuities in respect of police reservists who have been called upon for permanent service, as many of these women have been requested to pay their rent and settle other liabilities. I have seen several of the women this morning, and if the right hon. Gentleman can give some assurance and some public intimation, it will relieve anxiety.

I can give the Noble Lord that assurance. I certainly will do my best to see that the police authorities avail themselves of the special powers given to them by Statute two days ago.