Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:53 pm on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department 1:53 pm, 19th December 2017

My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point, and I join him in congratulating Thames Valley on its outstanding rating, which I know it takes great pride in. Rural policing is extremely important to many constituents. I come back to the central point, which is that we have devolved accountability and responsibility in the police system. The allocation of new resources and new investment in our policing is a conversation to be had with the local democratically elected police and crime commissioner. I know from personal conversation that they take the matter extremely seriously.