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Surveillance Equipment

Volume 81: debated on Friday 28 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet completed the review of the use of surveillance equipment by the police; whether guidelines on this and on the work of special branches have yet been issued; and if he will make a statement.

The review of the use of surveillance equipment has recently been completed and revised guidelines have been issued to the police in Scotland. Following a separate review, guidelines on special branches also have been issued. I am arranging for copies of both sets of guidelines to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.