§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance his Department has given towards reducing crime on the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
The primary responsibility for reducing crime on the London Underground rests with the British Transport police and London Underground Ltd. The Home Office provides guidance and advice to BTP and LUL, as it does in this context to the Department of Transport. My right hon. Friend has approved arrangements under which Metropolitan police officers have been lent to help police the Underground while BTP recruit and train new officers to fill their increased establishment.