Policing (London)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 28th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Clive Soley Mr Clive Soley , Hammersmith 12:30 pm, 28th June 1985

The hon. Gentleman and other Government supporters have sunk to an abysmal level today. Each of them knows that that quotation is featured in a poem—a man is reading a poem to a group. It no more implies what the GLC thinks than the phrase To be, or not to be in "Hamlet" suggests that Shakespeare was an existentialist. The hon. Gentleman is talking nonsense and he knows it.

Incidentally, as the Government propose to abolish the GLC, the police support unit and the others which the hon. Gentleman criticises, does he know that they are the very people who put in the application for money for the victim support scheme, to which the Home Secretary has not yet responded?