HC Deb 05 June 1980 vol 985 c787W
21. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to relieve the police of some of their less essential duties so that they may return to the beat and perform their main task of protecting law-abiding citizens and their property.

Mr. Brittan

It is for each chief officer of police to decide priorities for his force, and the best methods to be used in the particular areas covered by the force. But we shall certainly support all steps to ensure that police officers are used to best effect on the specific duties for which they have been trained.

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