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Part of Science, Technology and Engineering (Careers Information in Schools) – in the House of Commons at 1:26 pm on 13th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health) 1:26 pm, 13th February 2013

I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. I am also grateful for the fact that I think he acknowledges the point made by my right hon. Friend Dame Joan Ruddock, which is that the crime rate has fallen consistently every year since 1995, including in every year under the previous Labour Government. That fall was not necessarily about police numbers. Does he not recognise that we started to see the biggest fundamental drop in crime under the previous Government when we shifted police resources into neighbourhood policing teams?