§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what instructions are given to security staff in his departmental offices in London for dealing with(a) those sleeping rough in departmental doorways and (b) beggars in the vicinity; and how many problems have been experienced with each category in the last three months.
§ Mr. Eggar
If members of the public are found to be blocking emergency exits or their activities restrict access to departmental buildings, the security guards ask them to move. If any problems arise the police are called. My Department does not keep a separate record of incidents relating to beggars or people sleeping rough.