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River Policing

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements he is making for the specialist policing at riverside wharves, jetties, piers, depots, warehouses and other marine installations on the River Thames within the port of London, but not within the designated port of Tilbury.

None. The places mentioned by the hon. Member are, and will continue to be, policed by the Thames division of the Metropolitan police if they are within the Metropolitan police area or, if they are outside it, by the appropriate county force.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the future policing of the port of Tilbury; and if he will place copies of such representations and his respective responses in the Library.

I have received representations from my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor), who is parliamentary spokesman for the PLA Police Federation, and from the chairman of the federation itself. In addition, hon. Members have forwarded to me letters from 15 members or former members of the PLA police force.