Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 9th May 2007.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 9th May 2007

According to the information I have here, in Northamptonshire there has been an 8 per cent. fall in overall crime—and, incidentally, an 8 per cent. fall in domestic burglary and a 15 per cent. fall in motor vehicle theft—and there are actually 1,300 more police officers than there were 10 years ago.

Of course I am very sorry about what has happened in the hon. Gentleman's constituency. Crime will still happen, as it will under any Government; but under this Government crime has fallen significantly in the past 10 years, following a Conservative Government under whom it doubled.


Susan Kirby
Posted on 11 May 2007 5:49 pm (Report this annotation)

If crime is down, can somebody please explain why our prisons are full to bursting? Where are the inmates now coming from, if not from the criminal fraternity?

Posted on 11 May 2007 9:20 pm (Report this annotation)

A huge amount of inmates are actually those that the government released into society under the banner of so-called care in the community, which did not support those if proclaimed to help so they have ended up in a far worse sort of institution that provides no care for those who have experienced mental health problems.
Just as the Conservatives got the unemployment figures down when in power by putting those with long-term medical problems on incapacity masquerading that unemployment had gone down. Now Labour are trying to reduce the numbers of those on incapacity benefit by withdrawing day services up and down the country and pushing many back into work, and onto job programmes with no consideration of the consequences when so many have been told for years by their doctors/psychiatrists that they will never work again, and in the process terrifying many into God knows what!!!...Where is the love and care for our fellow human beings

Decline in psychiatric beds leaves mentally ill in prison
Prisons have become “asylums” for mentally ill offenders because of a decline in the number of NHS psychiatric beds, the Zahid Mubarek inquiry has heard.
In a written submission to the inquiry which is in its final stage today, Michael Howlett, director of charity the Zito Trust said: “We have allowed a situation to develop over the years in which prisons have become psychiatric asylums by default”.
There were around 154, 000 NHS psychiatric beds in England and Wales in 1954, but this was reduced to about 30,000 by 2002, according to figures quoted by Howlett.
He told the inquiry: “We are now trying to rectify this by implementing NHS-style strategies in institutions which are not only over-crowded, but also culturally not necessarily sympathetic or receptive.”
According to the prison and probation service submission to the inquiry, an estimated 9 out of 10 prisoners suffer from at least one mental disorder.
The inquiry’s final report is expected in February.
communitycare 5 Oct 2005