§ Miss Lestor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis about the proposed closure of the obscene publications branch; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
Metropolitan police head-quarters functions and specialist units, such as the obscene publications branch, fall within the scope of the commissioner's restructuring exercise, which aims to make the best possible use of resources and to place functions where they are most appropriate. No proposals about the future of the branch have yet been made.