asked the Home Secretary whether ex-Police Constable Lowes, who was demobilised from the Army in January, 1919, and was refused reinstatement in the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds, has been reexamined by the police surgeon since 7th June, 1920; and, if so, has the result of the examination been communicated to ex-Police Constable Lowes, who had applied for reinstatement in the force?
If the right hon. Gentleman finds, which is more than probable, that the man's private doctor disagrees with the police surgeon's finding, will the man have the right to appeal to the Medical Tribunal set up last year?
asked the Home Secretary what are the conditions applying to the Metropolitan Police Force as regards residential quarters; are all single men in the force compelled to live at station houses and are married men allowed to live where they choose, or must they be within a mileage distance of the station they are attached to; what rent allowances are now given to men; and whether this varies according to the quarter of London the men are detailed for duty?
Married men are provided with quarters, rent free, or are given rent aid allowance in lieu. Single men live in section houses, rent free, except in special circumstances. When accommodation is available in section houses, single men are required to reside there unless there are special circumstances which render a departure from that rule desirable or permissible; for instance, exception may be made in the case of men supporting widowed mothers or other relatives. Married men are expected to reside within the limits of their station areas, or, failing proper accommodation there, within a reasonable distance beyond, but, owing to the difficulties that at present exist in obtaining any sort of housing accommodation, a number of men, who have recently joined the force and others who have been transferred to other divisions on promotion, etc., are residing at considerable distances from their stations and have to travel backwards and forwards to their homes. The rent aid allowances for married men are the actual amounts paid in rent, rates, and taxes, subject to the following maxima: