Crime (Northamptonshire)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 23rd March 2015.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 2:30 pm, 23rd March 2015

What the level of crime was in Northamptonshire in (a) May 2010 and (b) March 2015.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

Police reform is working and crime is down by more than one fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. According to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics, police recorded crime in Northamptonshire fell by 18% between June 2010 and September 2014.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

We are blessed in Northamptonshire with excellent and hard-working policemen and women, and it is marvellous that crime has fallen. Given that we were told by Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition that crime would rise because of the police budget cuts, why does my right hon. Friend think it has actually come down?

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

I congratulate my hon. Friend on his work as a police special constable. He rightly says that the Opposition doubted our ability to bring down crime. However, our police forces have proved that where there is a will there is a way, and they have cut crime by more than 20% this Parliament, according to the crime survey. We should be very proud of them.