Informers: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child informants have been used by the police in county lines operations in each of the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The statutory framework for the deployment of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources is designed to ensure that they are deployed with great care and only in very limited and carefully managed circumstances.

The Home Office does not collect information on covert human intelligence sources in county line crimes as this is an operational matter.

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