Policy paper

Police use of tasers: response to fifth report of the Home Affairs Committee

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The government response to the fifth report from the Home Affairs Committee (session 2010 to 2011, HC 646).


Police use of Tasers: government response to fifth report of the Home Affairs Committee

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In December 2010 the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) took a decision to hold an urgent evidence session to address its concerns that forces were running low on taser equipment. This followed the Home Office’s decision not to renew the section 5 authority of the sole supplier of tasers in the UK, Pro-tect Systems, following breaches of its section 5 authority.

The HAC published a brief report, ‘Police use of tasers’, on 15 February 2011 setting out its observations and recommendations. The government has considered the committee’s recommendations carefully and this paper sets out the government’s response.