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Private Police Forces

Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will list in the Official Report any private police forces for which he is in any respect responsible, indicating their present strength and the statutes in which any specific powers are conferred on each such force.

I am responsible for the Royal Parks Constabulary with a complement of 180 in England and 16 in Scotland. They derive their powers from the Parks Regulation Acts 1872 and 1926 and the Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1974 and are appointed as constables of the Royal Parks by a magistrate.I am also responsible for the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London who are sworn in as Special Constables under the Special Constables Act 1923 and the Emergency Powers (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1947; their complement is 37.