§ Mr. Evennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any plans for the Metropolitan police to assume responsibility for the policing of the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has agreed to consider how best he could provide Metropolitan police officers to help with the policing of the London Underground while British Transport police recruit and train additional officers to bring London Underground division up from its present strength of 329 to its new complement of 400. Metropolitan police officers will also continue to provide426W assistance to British Transport police officers on the London Underground when required, but there are at present no plans for the Metropolitan police to assume responsibility for policing the Underground.