Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department
James Brokenshire (Shadow Minister, Home Affairs; Hornchurch, Conservative)
In the past week the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, has said that it is absolutely ridiculous that it now takes two officers an entire tour of duty to process just one arrest, because of Government-imposed burdens. Yet rather than dealing with the bureaucracy, the Government's solution is to give cautions to violent criminals and issue penalty notices like parking tickets. I do not know whether this is "Life on Mars", but are not Ministers simply living on another planet?