§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers and of which rank are currently assigned to investigate the alleged offences of Mr. Jonathan Aitken. 
§ Mr. Michael
The Commissioner informs me that a senior detective from the Specialist Operations Department at New Scotland Yard has been appointed to investigate the allegation. Other detectives will assist the inquiry. They will be selected on the basis of the skills they bring to the task, and not according to their rank.