§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from all chief constables on the extent of the practice of construction plant and machinery being stolen and dismantled on an organised basis for export abroad as spares and then reassembled for sale.624W
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
No. The investigation of criminal offences reported to them is a matter for individual chief officers of police. My right hon. and learned Friend has noted the industry's concern in its letter to him of 27 February and is considering what advice and assistance might best be given to the industry.