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Arts And Antiques Squad

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will request the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to reconstitute the arts and antiques squad; and if he will make a statement.

It is for chief officers to take operational decisions about the deployment of the resources available to them. I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the need for a specialist arts and antiques squad is kept under review, but that there are no plans at present to re-establish the squad.