§ Mr. McMahon
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of North Yorkshire as to how many police officers of all ranks in the vicinity of St. Mary's Church, Malton, were armed when the fugitive Barry Prudom was shot dead.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
I understand from the chief constable that the fatal shooting of Barry Prudom took place in the vicinity of the Malton sports and tennis club. Fourteen armed police officers—1 chief inspector, 1 inspector, 2 sergeants, and 10 constables—were in the grounds of the club. A further 47 armed officers—1 chief inspector, 2 inspectors, 6 sergeants, and 38 constables—were guarding the perimeter of the grounds. At that time no armed officers were near St. Mary's Church, which is about half a mile away.