§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last two years surveillance devices have been operated in the Metropolitan Police district and in Greater Manchester under the bugging code published in February.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
This information is not available at present. As part of my review of the guidelines I shall consider whether information can be made available about the scale of use of surveillance devices by the police without jeopardising their operational effectiveness.