HC Deb 27 October 1999 vol 336 c884W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on the provision of police cells in rural areas. [95765]

Mr. Charles Clarke

It is an operational matter for Chief Constables to determine the number and location of police cells and stations. Chief Constables are best placed to judge these matters, in consultation with the local community where appropriate. It would not be right for Ministers to intervene in operation decisions.