§ Sir Anthony Durant
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the Government's conclusions on the response to the consultation document "The Future Status of British Transport Police".
§ Mr. Freeman
We have today issued our conclusions on the consultation exercise and I am arranging for a copy to 99W be placed in the Library of the House. I welcome this opportunity of confirming our decisions that overall control will remain in the public sector; that a provision in the operator's licence will make it compulsory to use BTP for the administration of law and order on the railway; and that there will be levels of policing laid down which operators will be required to provide.
The Government do not intend to change the policing of London Underground. The London Underground area of the BTP will continue largely as at present to provide these services.