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Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new duties will be placed upon the police by the abolition of the basic petrol ration; what addition to police establishments will these require; and whether he is satisfied that the police can undertake these further responsibilities without detriment to their existing ones.

In this as in other respects the duty of the police will be to deal with breaches of the law. No additions to police establishments will be needed for this purpose and I have no reason to think that they will be unable to carry out their duties in this respect without detriment to their other responsibilities.