Police

Part of Science, Technology and Engineering (Careers Information in Schools) – in the House of Commons at 2:29 pm on 13th February 2013.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds 2:29 pm, 13th February 2013

My hon. Friend makes an important point. My local constabulary area of Suffolk is not dissimilar to Dorset. People who were on the police authority and senior serving officers have made exactly the point that he has just made, which is why I am delighted to draw attention to the fact that the Home Secretary has announced a clear intention to review the formula that churns out the grants for each authority. However, she wants to do that once police and crime commissioners are bedded in, so that they can be consulted on how the formula can be tweaked. I would certainly hope—like my hon. Friend—that rural forces such Dorset and Suffolk will get a better deal and a greater acknowledgement of the particular challenges of a police service that covers very strung out areas. I see that my hon. Friend Dr Coffey is in her place, and I know that she endorses that point too.