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Offensive Weapons

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use by police forces of the portable metal-detecting knife arches and search wands announced by her Department in February 2008. (204349)

The decision to provide additional search arches and wands was informed by the work of Operation Shield, the British Transport Police's enforcement operation, in which arches and wands are deployed to detect those carrying weapons on the transport network. This on-going operation has shown significant results both in detecting and deterring people from carrying weapons and in enhancing community confidence. Police and other partners consider that the use of such equipment is a valuable tool in law enforcement.

We are committed to supplementing further the provision of search equipment, as set out in the Tackling Violence Action Plan, published on 18 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the additional detection arches and scanners announced by her Department in February 2008 to be made available to police forces. (204350)