Headquarters Land Forces
Land Forces Secretariat
E-mail: [email address]
Our Reference: HQLF/Sec/10/04/64058
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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of your request, then you should contact me in the first instance. If informal resolution is not
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Yours sincerely Emma Young
Information Support Officer