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Police (Rifles)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reasons have been given to him by the five police forces which have rejected the new 7ยท62 mm rifles bought by the Home Office; and if he is satisfied that these rifles are not too powerful for their pur-purpose.

The choice of firearms for emergency use by each police force is a matter for the chief officer. The majority of forces have acquired rifles which were recommended following a review carried out in consultation with chief officers of police. These weapons are modified versions of the standard Army target rifle, fitted with a telescope sight and using standard military ammunition. I am satisfied that they are no more powerful than is necessary to provide sufficient accuracy at the ranges which may be required.