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Metropolitan Police (Firearms)

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated expenditure for 1985–86 by the Metropolitan police on firearms and related equipment; and how much of this sum is due to be spent in each of the following categories: (a) revolvers, (b) automatic handguns, (c) rifles, (d) shotguns, (e) semiautomatic rifles, (f) fully automatic rifles, (g) fully automatic weapons and (h) other firearms.

The sum of £243,000 was allocated in the Metropolitan police estimates for 1985–86 for firearms and related equipment; the bulk of this was for ammunition, primers and propellent powders, holsters, body armour and electronic target systems. Some £15,000 was set aside for the purchase of new firearms, comprising revolvers and shotguns to replace worn out training models, some additional rifles and any weapons that may be required for evaluation.