asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they can confirm the statement made in another place on 31st July 1981, that during the recent troubles a branch of the Police Federation on Merseyside would not permit special constables to patrol in cars with regulars and whether this is in accordance with their policy.
§ Lord Belstead
Chief constables determine how special constables should be deployed. I understand from the chief constable of Merseyside that in his force they sometimes go on motor patrol with regular officers, and that—as in other forces—they gave valuable assistance during the recent disturbances.