HC Deb 13 November 1990 vol 180 c87W
Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress that has been made by the working party on plant theft.

Mr. John Patten

[holding answer 12 November 1990]: The working party agreed proposals announced in September 1989 for a voluntary scheme to combat theft by manufacturers marking new plant with a 17-digit identifying number and issuing plant identity documents. The working party is giving further consideration to means of promoting implementation of the scheme nationally and internationally.