§ Mr. Haselhurst
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received representations regarding the security aspects of open banking; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
No. A working group appointed by the standing conference on crime prevention to look into commercial robbery mentioned in its 1986 report the increasing popularity of open-plan offices in bank branches. The working group found no evidence that the move towards open plan increased the risk of attack, but the matter is being kept under review by the Home Office, the Metropolitan police and the banks themselves.