Rural Areas (Policing)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th November 1986.

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Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Christchurch 12:00 am, 20th November 1986

Does my right hon. Friend accept that what one might call development growth areas rather than natural growth areas, areas that have grown up on the edges of some of the towns and cities of Britain, present particular policing problems? Will my right hon. Friend consider setting up an inquiry, with chief constables, to consider this problem? The problem might best be served, not by police on foot, which is impractical, or in cars, which is unhelpful, but possibly on bicycles.