§ Mr. Richards
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to reduce the level of violent assaults against police officers.511W
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The Home Office police scientific development branch undertakes a full programme of evaluation of new equipment and improvements to existing equipment. Recent work includes an examination of stab-resistant clothing. In order that their work might be better informed, my right hon. and learned Friend has commissioned an investigation into the circumstances in which police officers are assaulted.