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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:20 pm on 25th April 2019.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling 12:20 pm, 25th April 2019

Further to the question from my hon. Friend John Cryer, I think everybody is asking, “Where is the Home Secretary with respect to knife crime?” The Leader of the House has said week after week that she is asking him to come to make a statement. He obviously got confused because he did make a statement on knife crime but not to the House of Commons; on 16 April, I think, he announced all sorts of policies to tackle this. Only today, we see why Member after Member raises this issue. The Office for National Statistics published figures today that show homicides at record levels and that knife crime offences are at the highest they have been since records began—and the Home Secretary does not appear at the Dispatch Box. Will she go back again and ask him where he is?