Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:45 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Park of Monmouth Baroness Park of Monmouth Conservative 7:45 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, in his reply I wonder whether the Minister can clarify something for me. In the Patten report it was recommended that police stations built from now on should have so far as possible the appearance of ordinary buildings. They should have low perimeter walls and be clearly visible from the street. I hope that any amendment that is accepted will not give the board the power to do that to police stations until the security situation has changed considerably. I cannot help feeling that I should feel extremely unsafe if I had been taken into custody and knew that it was only too easy for a paramilitary force which disapproved of me to get at me a great deal more easily in an open, cheerful, villa-like building.