Police Effectiveness

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st January 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 2:30 pm, 31st January 2005

Is the Minister aware that reported violent crime has increased by nearly 100 per cent. under this Government, with yet further increases admitted in figures announced last week by the Home Office? Yet over the same period, detection rates for those awful crimes fell from nearly 80 per cent. before 1997 to only 50 per cent. today. That is the record of the past eight years. When do the Government plan to do something about it?