§ Mr. Powley
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made to allow the British Transport police access to the police national computer.
§ Mr. Hurd
The British Transport Police have always been able to obtain information from, and to provide information for, the police national computer through individual Home Department forces at the discretion of the chief constable concerned. The PNC board has recently reviewed this arrangement, and with the support of the Association of Chief Police Officers, and the Association of Chief Police Officers of Scotland has agreed that the British Transport Police should henceforth have direct access to the PNC through terminals situated in its headquarters in London. This facility, which will enable the British Transport Police to obtain information needed to carry out its duties and to enter information that may assist Home Department forces, will be subject to the same conditions as regards to the protection of PNC information as apply to all other PNC users.