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New Clause 2 - Regional organised crime task forces

Part of Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 12th February 2013.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Labour, Wythenshawe and Sale East 11:00 am, 12th February 2013

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention. He reminds me that he would have represented the Policing Board on the Organised Crime Task Force. The Policing Board was another body that was bound into the work of that particular group.

I put my suggestions to the Minister to be helpful and I look forward to his comments. He will agree that we have to combat organised crime at every level. We have a new agency that will spearhead that work, but it cannot simply be left to operate at national level. We have to reinforce the work of local police forces and find new and strategic ways of tackling criminal gangs who operate at local, regional, national and international level. We must be absolutely unstinting in our efforts to bring all sectors together in the fight against organised crime. I look forward to what the Minister has to say.