Mr. Gareth Thomas:
(1) what his policy is towards sales of section houses and other residential accommodation owned by the Metropolitan Police;
(2) how many section houses and other residential accommodation owned by the Metropolitan Police are for sale; and if he will make a statement.
Policy on the sale of police property is a matter for Police Authorities. Individual Authorities take all relevant factors into account when developing policies and making decisions on sales.
The Clerk to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) informs me that the Authority's residential estate is primarily held as an aid to recruitment. Sales of properties are only undertaken when no other viable alternative exists for their continued retention in the residential portfolio.
The Clerk to the Metropolitan Police Authority informs me that one section house and three other properties in the MPA residential estate are currently being offered for sale.