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  Headquarters Land Forces 
Land Forces Secretariat  
IDL 24 
Marlborough Lines 
Monxton Road  
ANDOVER 
SP11 8HJ 

E-mail: [email address] 
Website:      www.army.mod.uk 
John Randall 
Our Reference: HQLF/Sec/10/04/64058 
Via e-mail 
 
[email address] 
Date:                17 November 2010             
 
Dear Mr Randall,  
 
Thank you your e-mail dated 27 October requesting the following: 
 
Can you please supply me with the number of home office police forces that have signed an 
agreement to allow members of the military provost guard service the authority to travel on UK 
public roads with firearms, and what legal statue covers such authority?  
 
Your correspondence has been considered to be a request for information in accordance with the 
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. I have been asked to reply. 
 
The carrying of arms on public highways is not something the Ministry of Defence takes lightly; 
there are strict procedures in place for this requirement which must be adhered to prior to any 
movement being carried out.  
 
There are 26 Police Constabularies that currently have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 
with the Military Provost Guard Service. Each MOU is a formal agreement that is staffed through 
the military chain of command and the Home Office with final agreement coming from the local 
Chief Constable who holds the legal authority for carrying firearms on UK roads.  
 
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Yours sincerely 
 
Emma Young 
LF Sec 
Information Support Officer