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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 26th April 2007.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Co-Chair, Conservative Party 11:33 am, 26th April 2007

New data out today from all the police forces in the country show that a policeman is being assaulted on Britain's streets every 20 minutes. Given that the Home Office has introduced 50 Acts of Parliament, many of which were designed to help protect our police, perhaps we can have a debate on the extent to which legislation—as opposed to encouraging social responsibility—can be used as a means of preventing the attacks rather than simply a means of protecting the police when they happen.

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Nick Heap
Posted on 28 Apr 2007 2:04 am (Report this annotation)

Dear Grant

I agree strongly with your underlying idea that legislation is a very blunt and ineffective instrument for changing behaviour. It would be much more useful to discover, for instance, places or situaions where police were treated with respect and find out how to have more of them. Much more education about using alcohol wisely might also help as I imagine many assaults happen when people have been drinking and aren't thinking clearly !

Best wishes

Nick Heap