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Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (17 Oct 2017)

Home Affairs: The work of the Home Secretary. 2:30 pm; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Home Office

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

Amber Rudd: Crime as measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales has continued to fall in recent years. That includes the period after 2010, when police forces played their part in tackling the deficit by operating within reduced budgets. Decisions on deployment are rightly made by chief constables, working with their democratically accountable police and crime commissioners to meet local needs.

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

Amber Rudd: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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

Amber Rudd: I can reassure the hon. Lady that there are no plans for further cuts, and that the police budget has been protected between 2015 and 2020. I have particular admiration for South Yorkshire police, who recently launched a new neighbourhood policing model that is moving significant resources in neighbourhood policing across the forces’ four districts. That shows exactly how well they are...

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

Amber Rudd: The hon. Lady has raised two points. On the first, I agree with her. I welcome the close working to protect the protectors, and we will continue to do that. As for the specific point about the hon. Lady’s local police force, it is good to see that West Yorkshire police is graded as “good” across all three strands, and that HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham has...

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

Amber Rudd: Let me first congratulate my right hon. Friend, and secondly say how much I agree with him. That will not be a surprise, in view of his record in the Chamber in relation to these issues. I will indeed convey his request to the CPS, and ensure that we deliver that.

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

Amber Rudd: I agree with my hon. Friend that the first role of Governments is indeed to protect people; as the Conservative party in government, we will make sure that we do that at every step. I can tell my hon. Friend that the total cash funding for West Yorkshire in 2017-18 has increased by £3.7 million since 2015-16, and also that West Yorkshire has police resource reserves of £91 million.

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

Amber Rudd: Let me respectfully observe to the right hon. Gentleman that, having spoken to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner very recently, I know that there is no change in the operating model of the Metropolitan police. They will continue to triage crimes as they arrive in the appropriate way, to ensure that they always prioritise the most important. Conservative Members will always be on the side...

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

Amber Rudd: I thank my hon. Friend for that question and will of course join him in congratulating Northamptonshire police. I should add that his force is not the only one increasing recruitment and the number of crimes it is solving. Sometimes, listening to Opposition Members, one could think that the police were not doing the fantastic duty that they are; I urge Opposition Members to take the time...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

Amber Rudd: We recently brought together—Mr Speaker, I have failed once more. May I group Question 5 with Question 19?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

Amber Rudd: We recently brought together motorcycle insurance industry leaders, law enforcement partners, the Local Government Association, charities and representatives from the motorcycle-riding community to have a full and open discussion about the issue. All parties agreed to work together to devise a comprehensive action plan to tackle this type of crime. As a first step, we have announced a review...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

Amber Rudd: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that we do not have operational control over what goes on in his constituency; what we do have is the ability to pull people together to get the right answers. This sort of evolving crime needs to be dealt with by bringing people together to find out the best way to address it. We need to be guided by the police and local authorities. I urge him to engage with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

Amber Rudd: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point in his particularly distinct way. He is absolutely right—he has put his finger on it—that the police do have a concern and we are having the review to address that concern. I hope that I will be able to come back to him with some progress soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

Amber Rudd: I share the hon. Lady’s concerns. We take this matter seriously and we must address it, particularly because such crimes tend to evolve and can hold a fashionable attraction for different communities. That is why we are having this review. That is why we are bringing together the different parties, and I urge her to engage with the process.

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

Amber Rudd: We all recognise the importance of dealing with knife crime, given the terrible impact that it can have on people’s minds. Our work to tackle it is centred on working on four key strands: on police and enforcement; on retailers and responsible sales; on the legislative framework; and on early intervention.

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

Amber Rudd: I share my hon. Friend’s concerns. That was exactly the right amendment and we need to ensure that it is enforced. I have also taken up the matter further with Nick de Bois, a former Member here, to see how we can implement it. He also drew attention to the importance of our £500,000 community fund, which enables local organisations to work with the community on early intervention...

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

Amber Rudd: I certainly agree that early intervention is critical. My conversations with chief constables and colleges led to that. We need to do more to ensure that young people realise the consequence of carrying knives, as well as the terrible impact it can have on them if they are seen to be carrying one. That is why we have introduced the community fund, for which I urge the hon. Lady and other hon....

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

Amber Rudd: I wish to update the House briefly on the Government’s decision to launch a consultation on new laws on corrosive substances, knives and guns. All forms of violent crime are completely unacceptable and devastate lives, families and communities. That is why I have launched a consultation on offensive and dangerous weapons, with proposals to ban the sale of the most harmful corrosive...

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

Amber Rudd: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concerns about Mamba and the growth of other elements of drugs. That is why we have introduced a new drugs strategy, to try to help people exit. It involves making sure that local authorities work closely with police, housing and other stakeholder support areas. It is not just about banning, which is important, but about helping people to get off it and to...

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

Amber Rudd: I thank my hon. Friend for her question on such an important area. It is vital that the police have the confidence and the allowance to pursue people when they need to do so. That is why we are conducting a review to give them extra clarity that they can pursue people on mopeds.


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