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Private Police Forces

Volume 892: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy 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.

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, for which I have a general responsibility, is empowered to nominate persons for appointment as Special Constables under the Special Constables Act 1923, as applied by the Third Schedule to the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1954, and by Schedule 1 to the Nuclear Installations Act 1965. When so appointed the officers have the general powers provided for in the 1923 Act. I understand that, at the end of March 1975, 326 persons holding such appointments were employed on security duties at authority and British Nuclear Fuels' sites and at the Urenco Ltd. headquarters at Marlow.