Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 30th April 2014.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden 11:30 am, 30th April 2014

Mr L from Mitcham would like to be a policeman, but he only works part time and cannot afford the £1,000 bobby tax he needs to pay to apply to join the Met. His mum and dad are foster carers and would give it to him if they had it. May I ask the Prime Minister why, if my constituent is capable of passing the academic, fitness and testing requirements of the police, his bank balance should stop him? When did becoming a Metropolitan police officer become an aspiration for the few rather than the many?