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Policing Decisions (Devolution)

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to devolve responsibility for policing decisions to local level.

We intend to abolish unnecessary central controls on police manpower and capital expenditure. Stronger local police authorities will set clear local objectives. Chief constables will then be free to decide how to deploy the available resources to meet the policing needs of their area.