Firearms: Merseyside

Home Office written question – answered on 18th July 2017.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with the National Crime Agency and Regional Serious Crime Unit on the provision of extra support and funding to Merseyside Police to tackle recent rises in gun crime.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, of 3 July 2017, Official Report, column 886, what additional support has been provided to Merseyside Police to tackle recent increases in gun crime by the (a) National Crime Agency and (b) Regional Serious Crime Unit.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with Merseyside Police on the provision of extra support to tackle recent rises in gun crime.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

Home Office Ministers have regular meetings with law enforcement agencies as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Joint working between law enforcement agencies is an operational matter and cannot be commented upon in detail. The National Crime Agency continues to work with all law enforcement partners to tackle the shared threat posed by illegal firearms, and stands ready to support those partners when required. The Regional Organised Crime Units provide specialist capabilities to police forces to efficiently and effectively tackle the threat from serious and organised crime, including that from the criminal use of firearms.

The Home Secretary has received the letter of 29 June from the Honourable Member for Garston and Halewood and a response will be sent very shortly with a package of support for Merseyside Police to consider. The Security Minister is also arranging to see the Honourable Member very shortly, with other Merseyside MPs, the Chief Constable, and the National Crime Agency, to discuss this issue further.

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