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Police (Special Branch)

Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much it cost to run the special branches of the police in Scotland during 1979, 1980 and 1981, respectively; and what were the manning levels for these years.

Expenditure on special branches forms part of overall police budgets which are approved by police authorities. No separate cost information is kept centrally.Including those engaged on ports duties, the numbers of officers employed in special branch work in the eight Scottish forces at the end of each year from 1979 to 1981 were 112, 117 and 118.