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 Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 2:30 pm, 31st January 2005

As usual, the hon. Gentleman is selective in the statistics that he chooses to use. He did not mention that the British crime survey—the most authoritative survey during the past 20 years—shows that all crime is down by 11 per cent., or that recorded crime is down by 6 per cent. Those two measures—BCS and recorded crime—are both down, but he did not mention that.

The hon. Gentleman referred to violent crime. That is an important and serious issue, but he did not say that there has been a 35 per cent. drop in violent crime in the past 10 years and that it is now remarkably stable.

Detection rates have started to increase again because we recognise that the public want more crime to be detected. If the hon. Gentleman examines the figures for the past 12 months, he will see a significant increase in detection. He should be a bit more honest and acknowledge that he intends to cut the Home Office by £1.6 billion. How many cuts in the number of police officers will his financial projections mean?