§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has been advised by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis of any threat to the capacity of the Metropolitan police to respond promptly to 999 calls.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has told me that he is concerned about difficulties in recruiting and retaining the technical staff who are responsible for running and maintaining certain support systems, including the 999 system. We are urgently looking for a solution to these difficulties.