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Crime Reduction Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 29th November 1999.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood 3:30 pm, 29th November 1999

Crime reduction task forces and regional directors are all very well, but my constituents in outer London are looking for more policemen in the community doing their job visibly and effectively. In those circumstances, can the Home Secretary justify the inadequacy of the funding by his Department to the police service? Is it not true that, in the past five years, Hillingdon division has seen a 14 per cent. drop in manpower—no fewer than 16 uniformed officers and civilians last year and a projected 17 next year? That is wholly inadequate and needs to be rectified, as the police consultative committee has put to him.