I'm wondering which preposition to use in the following. If both are acceptable, what is the difference?

Our officers have to concentrate 100 per cent on the task at/in hand.

Peter turned his attention to the task at/in hand.

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At hand = nearby

In hand = being worked on at present

'The task at hand' would be a job that presented itself as obviously the next thing that needed doing. So it depends whether they are already working on the tasks or not.

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