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Firearms: Merseyside

Question for Home Office

UIN 4415, tabled on 11 July 2017

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.

Answered on

18 July 2017

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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