§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when compensation to Mr. John Slough, a constituent, for specialist tooling equipment held by the West Mercia Police, will be paid under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
[holding answer 10 November 2000]: Compensation has already been paid to Mr. Slough in respect of a range of items eligible for payment under the terms of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 Compensation Schemes. The Government do not accept that other items on which he is seeking compensation fall within the terms of the schemes. We have made a number of proposals to Mr. Slough as to how further progress might be made on his claim. It is open to Mr. Slough to retrieve from the police those items he surrendered which are not covered by the compensation scheme.