Crime (Metropolitan Police Area)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th February 2000.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 12:00 am, 14th February 2000

Does the Home Secretary accept that crime reduction, about which he made an announcement this morning, is the responsibility of everyone, not just the police? There should be targets for central Government and local government in London, just as there should be for the Metropolitan police. Can he assure us that the selection of those three categories—car crime, burglary and robbery—will not distort policing priorities, particularly in London and elsewhere, on violent crime, where the figures have been rising hugely? What does he say to chief constables, including the new Commissioner of the Met, who have asked for additional resources, who have had only some of their requests met by last week's announcement, and who will say that, unless they see the numbers going up to the figures they want, the Government cannot expect the crime figures to go down to the targets that they are setting them?