§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has of the number of incidents of food sabotage to food manufacturing and 447W retail outlets in 1990; whether any injuries to persons resulted; and whether any information is available on the number of companies that have given way to this form of blackmail.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that so far this year there have been two confirmed incidents of malicious contamination of a food product linked to an extortion threat. No injuries resulted and the police have no evidence of any companies having given way to such extortion threats.