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Breathalyser Equipment

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what makes of breathalyser equipment are currently being used by police forces; and if he will make a statement.

Since the inception in 1968 of breath testing as a means of detecting alcohol in the body of a motorist the following roadside breath screening devices (hand held) have been, and remain, approved for use by police forces in England and Wales:

Device and TypeFirst approval
Alcotest 80—Bag and tube filled with reactive crystals1968
Alcotest 80A—Bag and tube filled with reactive crystals1975
Alcolyser—Bag and tube filled with reactive crystals1979
The following evidential breath testing instruments have been approved for use by police in England and Wales from 6 May 1983:

The Camic Simulator and Camic Breath Analyser
The Lion Breath Simulator and Lion Intoximeter 300

Instruments for use in Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friends the respective Secretaries of State.