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Iain Wright (Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills); Hartlepool, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, columns 828-9W, on Katrice Lee, how many police officers and other resources are assigned to the open case; and if he will make a statement.

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Andrew Robathan (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; South Leicestershire, Conservative)

holding answer 20 March 2012

18 service police personnel are assigned to the investigation into the disappearance of Katrice Lee. All are working on the case full-time. The team consists of a senior investigating officer, his deputy and five investigators from the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch. These are supported by 11 Royal Military Police personnel who are using the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES), which is a management tool used during major police inquiries to handle very large quantities of data. The investigation team also has access to a wide range of additional Royal Military Police and civilian police resources, including specialist advisers from the National Policing Improvement Agency.

I wrote to the hon. Member on this issue on 7 March 2012.

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