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Former Ministers: Police Protection

The Earl of Munster asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The provision of police protection is determined by the level of the current threat against the individual. A former government Minister who received police protection while in office would be entitled to retain that protection only for so long as the threat to him justified it.

The Earl of Munster asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: It is not in the public interest to disclose security arrangements relating to public figures.

The Earl of Munster asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: It is not in the public interest to disclose or aid the identification of security arrangements relating to public figures.

The Earl of Munster asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: In general, those individuals who have been invited to relinquish police protection have agreed to do so. It would not be in the public interest to disclose the number involved, as this could compromise the security arrangements relating to public figures.

Police Firearms Operations

Lord Glenamara asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: This information is as follows:

YearNumber of authorised firearms officersNumber of operationsNumber of operations in which shots fired by the police
19877,3492,1857
19887,1942,2272
19897,3112,5834
19907,4112,8743
19917,7173,7225
19926,8504,47912
19936,7695,6256
1 April 1994 to 31 March 19956,8375,8245
1 April 1995 to 31 March 19966,5548,4765
1 April 1996 to 31 March 19976,73812,3795

Reasons for the increases in numbers of police firearms operations will vary between forces, and they are best placed to answer specific enquiries. Although the number of authorised firearms officers has dropped over the years, police forces are now much better equipped to deal with armed crime, thanks to armed response vehicles and updated practices. Police firearms have been fired in only five operations in each of the last three years. This very low number confirms that police firearms officers generally carry out their duties with professionalism and restraint.


Lord Glenamara asked Her Majesty's Government:

    For each police force in England and Wales (a) how many police officers have been authorised to carry firearms; (b) for how many operations firearms have been issued; and (c) the number of operations involving armed response vehicles, in each of the last three years for which information is available.[HL1081]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information is as follows:

Issue of police firearms
Number of operations in which firearms were issued

1994-951995-961996-97
Total5,8248,47612,379
Avon & Somerset156326312
Bedfordshire36264345
Cambridgeshire734754
Cheshire93219288
Cleveland1074871,026
City of London825308
Cumbria445472
Derbyshire6872109
Devon & Cornwall2990160
Dorset463636
Durham100111131
Essex267267331
Gloucestershire273341
Greater Manchester110142214
Hampshire195190245
Hertfordshire694796
Humberside4992291
Kent9582236
Lancashire57227333
Leicestershire78138155
Lincolnshire502558
Merseyside116280671
Metropolitan1,8042,1782,439
Norfolk5696166
Northamptonshire405464
Northumbria5934521,360
North Yorkshire255265
Nottinghamshire475784
South Yorkshire172225155
Staffordshire2180257
Suffolk119150180
Surrey6070133
Sussex375445235
Thames Valley6596215
Warwickshire255597
West Mercia5059106
West Midlands141226270
West Yorkshire181657617
Wiltshire262626
Dyfed Powys161117
Gwent204789
North Wales60117233
South Wales556959

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Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)

1994-951995-961996-97
Total6,8376,5546,738
Avon & Somerset156157165
Bedfordshire674846
Cambridgeshire879290
Cheshire1228470
Cleveland556586
City of London14612088
Cumbria105100108
Derbyshire140130110
Devon & Cornwall116140151
Dorset767574
Durham108103138
Essex209203228
Gloucestershire718582
Greater Manchester181186209
Hampshire110104106
Hertfordshire484342
Humberside11010490
Kent147144150
Lancashire135138132
Leicestershire103105104
Lincolnshire738182
Merseyside160119147
Metropolitan2,0131,9152,035
Norfolk1179998
Northamptonshire839592
Northumbria166160173
North Yorkshire142134108
Nottinghamshire125126128
South Yorkshire162125110
Staffordshire848078
Suffolk657082
Surrey767976
Sussex142149180
Thames Valley180175185
Warwickshire565041
West Mercia160153155
West Midlands878788
West Yorkshire156150131
Wiltshire165145134
Dyfed Powys585770
Gwent545570
North Wales717072
South Wales150154134

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Number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs)

19951995-961996-97
Total2,4235,5237,118
Avon & Somerset90200247
Bedfordshire0239309
Cambridgeshire271523
Cheshire76180240
Cleveland894651,014
City of London02325
Cumbria194464
Derbyshire585397
Devon & Cornwall0210
Dorset252228
Durham273862
Essex165155218
Gloucestershire01013
Greater Manchester6960
Hampshire1561590
Hertfordshire372035
Humberside635284
Kent4742208
Lancashire48187320
Leicestershire50101126
Lincolnshire45210
Merseyside732390
MetropolitanN/K1,025790
Norfolk3680152
Northamptonshire21320
Northumbria310325715
North Yorkshire0013
Nottinghamshire404466
South Yorkshire140171129
Staffordshire370235
Suffolk113117120
Surrey254752
Sussex304413173
Thames Valley673164
Warwickshire225491
West Mercia263977
West Midlands5898103
West Yorkshire173587584
Wiltshire13123
Dyfed Powys9612
Gwent93958
North Wales014173
South Wales84255



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