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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: Mr Speaker, I may be testing your legendary benevolence to the limit by seeking to group Question 7 with Questions 9, 14, 17 and 23.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker. The twitches are noted for future occasions. In 2017, the taxpayer will invest more than £11 billion in our police system, an increase of more than £114 million on 2015. However, we recognise that demand on the police is changing, and we are very sensitive to the pressure they are under. That is why we are reviewing demand and resilience, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I had a productive meeting with the chief constable and Commissioner Baird, and I have a good understanding of some of the policing challenges they face and of the historic ratio of precept funding to core grant funding. All I will say is that, as with every single force, we are reviewing the demands on Northumbria police and its resilience before we make decisions on the 2018-19 funding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: We are not cutting. As I have made clear, the amount of taxpayers’ money going into the police system has gone up and individual police budgets are flat. The amount of funding for West Yorkshire police rose in 2015-16 by £3.7 million, and the force is sitting on £91 million of reserves, some 22% of revenue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I understand the hon. Lady’s point. I am sure she is aware that we have a special grant pot, from which police forces can bid to cover significant, unexpected costs. A number of forces, including Lancashire, have put in bids to cover the costs of fracking protests. That is under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: We have not, and I do not necessarily think there is any link between a reduction in police numbers and the outcome in terms of the complex drivers of the crime that the hon. Lady mentioned. The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) is totally on top of this in terms of new legislation to ban the sale of zombie knives, for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: The hon. Lady will know, because her shadow Minister put it on the record last time, that police budgets have been protected in the round—that is the reality—but what we recognise that demand on the police is changing. I echo the Home Secretary’s words: we are absolutely determined to make sure that the police have the resources they need to do the job properly, while...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I understand the strength of feeling from my hon. Friend on this matter. I can assure him that applications for grants and support for this inquiry went through all the normal processes, with the appropriate checks and balances on this.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend for that, and I join her in celebrating the success of Essex police. I have received representations from the Essex police and crime commissioner—now also the fire commissioner—and other commissioners about flexibility on precept funding, and that is all part of the analysis we are doing as we look to the settlement for next year. Of course, I would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. I understand that antisocial behaviour, particularly in town centres, is a blight, not least on the economy. I think three things need to happen: the Government need to make sure local police forces have the resources they need; the local commissioner and the chief have to make sure they have a smart system for allocating resources to demand and local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I understand the point my hon. Friend is making on behalf of Cornwall. I have received representations on this potential merger, but there is no question of our imposing it; it has come out of the system and we will look at it, carefully examining the business case and indications of support from both parts involved in any merger, particularly Cornwall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: The short answer is yes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I would feel frustrated and angry, as anyone else would. Government Members totally recognise the pressure that the police are under; in fact, I am currently concluding a process of speaking to or visiting every single police force in England and Wales, so I do not need any lectures on how pressured and stretched the police system is. We are listening and that is feeding into the work we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford). I will be delighted to sit down with Essex MPs to discuss this. As I said, a number of commissioners have approached us in similar vein, and it is part of our thinking as we look ahead towards the 2018-19 settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: Vehicle theft is a horrible crime. It is at historic lows, but we are seeing spikes in some areas and we know that the methods used by criminals are constantly evolving. I can reassure my hon. Friend that we are not complacent at all and we are working very closely with industry to make sure we stay ahead of the criminals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I could not agree with my right hon. Friend more. It is not for me to comment on the individual decision. Nottinghamshire police does a good job and it has difficult decisions to take, but when it takes such decisions, it must make sure that it takes the community with it, particularly on an issue as sensitive as community policing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: That is a question that the House feels very strongly about, as evidenced by the number of colleagues on both sides of the House who took part in the recent debate. As my hon. Friend will be aware, the Government are consulting on exactly that point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: I see a major benefit in increased accountability and transparency for the people of Northamptonshire. There may also be significant financial benefits just from the efficiencies that such services can find together. I find from going around the country and talking to forces, in areas such as Northamptonshire that are doing great work on collaboration, that there is so much potential. I think...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: According to my information, Cheshire fire and rescue service has had a 31% reduction in fires over the past five years, and a 6% reduction in incidents. This year, it had a core spending power of £40.9 million, and at March 2017, it held reserves of £28 million.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Nick Hurd: The hon. Gentleman will know, certainly if he listened to the Home Secretary’s conference speech, that the Government are extremely supportive of the spirit of his Bill and included such measures in our manifesto. Any drama around the Government’s accepting the principle of his Bill is therefore of his manufacturing, as he well knows from our conversations. We want to support the...


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