Clause 35 - Police regulations: special constables

Part of Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 13th February 2003.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, Westbury 10:15 am, 13th February 2003

My hon. Friend was correct to point out the shortage of special constables in the British Transport police. Apparently, there are only 68 of them. I hope that the Under-Secretary of State pays particular attention to their recruitment.

Clause 35(2) refers to the reflection of the structures and circumstances of the police force in the regulations. The guidance notes amplify that and refer to the special needs of the British Transport police in the making of regulations. Can the Under-Secretary explain a little about the structures, circumstances and special needs and about the regulations that he envisages making?