HC Deb 25 June 1996 vol 280 c64W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Minister in his Department had responsibility for the Ministry of Defence police for the period 1990 to 1994. [34436]

Mr. Soames

The Ministry of Defence police is an independent police force with full constabulary powers operating under the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987. The responsibility of the Secretary of State is limited to his general superintendence of MDP, under the Act and through the mechanisms of the MOD Police Committee, delegated to the Minister responsible for defence procurement from 1990 to April 1992, and since then to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces.