HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc100-1W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether women police officers are expected to undertake the same physical risks and activities as men; and what assessment he has received as to their effectiveness.

Mr. Whitelaw

Ability, not sex, should be the criterion for the allocation of police duties, including those involving physical risks. I am convinced that women police officers make an essential and effective contribution to the police service.

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