It is police practice, when a bomb is discovered, to arrange for it to be dealt with by Service or other outside experts. Accordingly no requirement for police training has arisen.
Is the hon. Gentleman telling us that the number of bombs which have not exploded in Scotland outnumber the number that have exploded, and does he intend to rest on that? If the situation should change, will he take action at once and do what I suggest in my Question?
The handling of explosives is an extremely complex and difficult matter which is best left to the experts. The searching and clearing of buildings are functions which are comparable to the other duties of the police, but actually dealing with the bombs must be left to the experts.