§ Mr. Nellist
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which training centres currently train police officers in the 1057W use of riot control equipment, including the use of plastic bullets; in which year such training began; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Younger
Since 1982 basic training in the use of equipment such as protective shields has been included in the courses provided at the Scottish police college. This is supplemented by further training within forces. A limited number of officers have been trained in the use of plastic bullets but at present no Scottish police force holds stocks of these.