HC Deb 24 January 1990 vol 165 cc714-5W
Sir Ian Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues on the criteria which should govern the instructions issued to police officers in uniform who stop vehicles at random for the purpose of investigating whether the drivers of the vehicles concerned have alcohol in their bodies in excess of the prescribed limits, where such vehicles have not been involved in moving traffic offences or accidents which give legal grounds for such action.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

It is for individual chief officers of police to issue instructions to officers under their command. The Government encourage chief officers of police to use their powers to the full in the enforcement of the law relating to drinking and driving. Those powers were set out in the reply my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General gave to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) on 5 December 1989 at column131.

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