HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 c173W
Mr. Soley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list the police forces in England and Wales which have been given permission to acquire automatic weapons.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The information requested is not available centrally. Police forces in England and Wales do not need Home Office permission to acquire firearms. The purchase of such equipment is a matter for chief officers and their police authorities.