Community Policing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th January 2001.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 12:00 am, 8th January 2001

If a political party that promised in its election manifesto to increase the number of policemen on the streets has in fact presided over a decline in those numbers, is it fair to describe that manifesto—in the words made famous by the Minister of State, Home Office, the hon. Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke)—as a metaphor? To avoid virtual reality manifestos in future, can some practical solutions be proposed? Perhaps the Minister will tell us what he will do to stem the catastrophic decline in the number of special constables, for example.