HC Deb 30 January 1992 vol 202 c646W
Mr. Kilfedder

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will authorise the replacement of the present police short truncheon with the American side handled baton.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The procurement of equipment is the responsibility of chief officers of police. We are prepared to arrange for a scientific evaluation of any equipment which might assist in public order control if chief officers request it.