HC Deb 18 February 1971 vol 811 c530W
69. Sir D. Renton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the responsibility of the police forces in relation to peace-time emergencies.

Mr. Maudling

The rôle of the police depends on the nature of the emergency. They will always be concerned to maintain law and order, save life and control crowds and traffic. In pursuance of those responsibilities police officers may have to undertake initial co-ordination of rescue or other activties.