HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 c233W
42. Mr. Thurnham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate how many special constables will be serving in the United Kingdom during 1985.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Recruitment to the special constabulary is the responsibility of chief officers of police. There were 16,012 special constables in forces in England and Wales on 31 December 1984.