§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage 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. Sproat
My Department has not issued any instructions to its security staff for dealing with those sleeping rough in doorways or beggars. Security guards are instructed to keep all exits clear in case of fire. The Department has not experienced any problems with rough sleepers or beggars.