§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding he will make available to chief constables to ensure that all police officers are issued with bullet-proof or knife-proof vests. 
§ Mr. Maclean
[holding answer 6 June 1995]: No specific provision is being made available for this purpose, but total funds for the police service increased by 4 per cent. in 1995–96 to £6.4 billion. It is for chief officers to decide when and how to equip police officers with body armour, reflecting local priorities.