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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 30th November 1983.

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Photo of Mr Leon Brittan Mr Leon Brittan , Richmond (Yorks) 3:31 pm, 30th November 1983

The hon. Gentleman is right. In practice, chief constables normally make satisfactory arrangements to obtain support from each other when their own resources are insufficient. It is obviously very much better that that is how it should work. However, section 14 of the Police Act 1964 provides me with a further power to secure assistance from one force to another. If it is necessary for that to be used, and if the chief constable gives me an indication that it is necessary, I will certainly respond.