§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to create a national special branch co-ordination unit; 
(2) what plans he has to create a single UK special branch; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
We welcome plans being considered by the police service to strengthen special branch along regional lines. Even closer co-operation between neighbouring special branches will build on and improve effective working relationships.
The form that such re-organisation might take-including whether there is a need for a national co-ordinator of special branch-is currently the subject of discussions within the police service, and between my Department and the police service.