Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Campbell

Police Funding (Gloucestershire) (13 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr. Harper) on securing the debate, and I am grateful for his best wishes to my hon. Friend the Minister for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing, who had originally intended to respond to him. If my remarks do not address all the hon. Gentleman's points, my hon. Friend has agreed to meet him at a future date. That is on the...

Police Funding (Gloucestershire) (13 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: The hon. Gentleman will know that, once a formula is put in place, over time, as circumstances change, the appropriateness of that formula will also change. From time to time, therefore, in this and other areas, it is the Government's responsibility to look at the funding formula. By announcing a three-year settlement, which will run until 2010-11, and by consulting on the new funding...

Police Funding (Gloucestershire) (13 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: If it was only up to the national grant and we did not have the systems in place through the damping mechanism that the hon. Gentleman talked about, there might be fewer officers, but I would hate anyone to go away with the impression that the resourcing of Gloucestershire police and police numbers are entirely the responsibility of locally raised funding. The Government continue to put a...

Child Prostitution (20 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I thank and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman) on securing this debate. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the important issue of safeguarding children from sexual abuse and exploitation. We are all aware of how important it is to him, and I commend his work in this area. He is not only an assiduous constituency Member of Parliament but has considerable...

Child Prostitution (20 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I shall certainly seek that information and will perhaps send it to my hon. Friend later. But let me say that it is important that we have a sophisticated response to this matter. I hope that I can illustrate that the response ought to be sophisticated, locally and across the country. We are very concerned about the issue of trafficking—it is a form of trafficking—of children within the...

Child Prostitution (20 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: We do want to intervene early and effectively. Of course, as my hon. Friend says, there is inevitably a resource issue in respect of such matters, but it is also about making it a priority for police forces and local authorities and making them aware of their responsibilities. In making it a priority, the resources that they have—as well as those that they request—should be put to best...

Police Funding Formula (Wales) (28 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mark Williams) on securing the debate. I hope that he will forgive me for doing as he did and concentrating mostly on Dyfed-Powys. The hon. Gentleman paid tribute to the police authority and to the work of the chief constable of Dyfed-Powys and his officers, as well as their efforts in reducing crime. I join him in that tribute. As he...

Police Funding Formula (Wales) (28 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I certainly have the figures for Dyfed-Powys, and I hope before the end of the debate to have the information that the hon. Gentleman requests. If I do not, I undertake to write to him as soon as possible. Dyfed-Powys has benefited from the solid funding settlements of the last few years. Next year, it will receive £54.4 million in general grants—an increase of 2.5 per cent., or £1.3...

Police Funding Formula (Wales) (28 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: We have been in close discussion with chief constables and police authorities about implementing the policing pledge, and we are absolutely clear that the pledge is important. We must remember that it comes in two parts, one of which includes the commitments that the hon. Gentleman has mentioned, and that the second part is about engaging with local communities and ensuring that their...

Police Funding Formula (Wales) (28 Jan 2009)

Alan Campbell: I hope that the hon. Gentleman is reassured by my remarks. I assure him that where forces rely on the funding that he has mentioned, and on our floor mechanisms, we will not take any steps that put that funding in jeopardy. We want sustainable funding to continue the progress being made in his area and others. Question put and agreed to. Sitting adjourned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Violence (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: The Government are extending the network of sexual assault referral centres and independent sexual violence advisers so that all victims will be able to access those services over the next three years. We have also invested £11 million in specialist support services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Violence (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: We welcome the publication of "Map of Gaps," although we believe that it does not give a complete picture of statutory provision or of the work of some voluntary organisations. We agree with the publication that more needs to be done, and more will be done. We are working to see SARCs in each of the 43 police districts by 2011, but my hon. Friend will also be aware that much good and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Violence (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: The Government provided £1 million extra this year to rape crisis centres, and I am informed that no rape crisis centre has closed since that period. We value the work of rape crisis centres and are working with local partners to see how best they can be funded, but coming from a party that will cut investment, suggesting a commitment to a three-year period is asking a lot.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sexual Violence (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman and happy to pay tribute to the work of ChildLine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: A key indicator of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime is the drug harm index. Since 2002, this has fallen by 28 per cent., representing a substantial fall in drug-related crime. Recorded acquisitive crime, often linked to drug-related crime, has fallen by a similar amount.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman says. I point him to the drug intervention programme, which has had considerable success—we are more than meeting our target of involving 1,000 people a week. The evidence is that drug intervention programmes work to cut reoffending, and they have put in place the long-term improvements needed, instead of the revolving-door syndrome that existed when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: indicated dissent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: Again, I note a request for more money from those on the Opposition Benches. The hon. Gentleman may have heard me talk about drug intervention programmes, and I argued that they were one way of putting in place a successful method of cutting reoffending rates. He is right to say that the link between crime and drugs is complex, as is the link between drugs and the economy, but through the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for his work on raising the profile of this matter. I can tell him that we are examining it within the Home Office and hope to bring forward proposals shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (Lancashire) (9 Feb 2009)

Alan Campbell: The Home Office publication "Crime in England and Wales 2007-08" shows that there were 361 knife and sharp instrument offences in Lancashire in 2007-08. Lancashire police are taking part in the tackling knives action programme, implementing an intensive programme of enforcement and prevention action focused on teenage knife crime.


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