HC Deb 22 April 1948 vol 449 c162W
77. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the growth of crimes of violence, as indicated by official figures, he will take steps to ascertain whether or not the police wish to he armed as a matter of routine.

Mr. Ede

Fire-arms are available for use by police officers in special circumstances when engaged on specially dangerous duty. I am convinced that the police themselves would be the first to appreciate how undesirable it would be to arm them as a matter of course.

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