HC Deb 18 March 1993 vol 221 cc339-40W
Mr. Gapes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures were followed for authorising the employment of detective agencies in surveillance of those opposed to the construction of the M4 motorway extension across Twyford Down; what was the total cost involved; and what criteria were used to select the detective agencies used.

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

Brays Detective Agency (Southampton) Ltd was appointed by the Department's south-east construction programme division on the recommendation of the engineer for the M3 Bar End to Compton scheme. The agency has been employed to serve papers on people trespassing on the Department's land at Twyford Down and to photograph trespassers. To date they have been paid approximately £7,000.