Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Oral Answers to Questions

Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Monday 3rd December 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Victoria Atkins Portrait Victoria Atkins - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Dec 2018, 2:50 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising this. We are, of course, pleased that more victims are trusting the system and coming forward to report abuse. I am obviously very sorry to hear of the terrible case in his constituency. Interestingly, from the bulletin, we know that 77% of all referrals made to the CPS by his local constabulary have resulted in charges, which is higher than the national average, and 80% of all such prosecutions resulted in a conviction, which is again higher than the national average. But, of course, part of the purpose of the draft domestic violence and abuse Bill and the package of non-legislative measures is to ensure that everyone, both inside and outside the criminal justice system, knows what domestic abuse is and how we should tackle it.

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) Hansard

5. What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the police in Bedfordshire. [907955]

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) - Hansard

6. What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of police funding. [907956]

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The Minister for Policing and the Fire Service (Mr Nick Hurd) Hansard
3 Dec 2018, 2:51 p.m.

The Government understand that police demand has changed and that there is increased pressure from changing crime. Taxpayers are investing an additional £460 million this year in the police system, including income from council tax precepts. We are reviewing police spending power ahead of the provisional funding settlement to be announced later in December.

Mr Shuker Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Dec 2018, 2:51 p.m.

I am surprised that the Minister has grouped these questions together, as my question is about Bedfordshire. I am sure he will point to the additional funding provided for Operation Boson in this financial year, but does not the fact that the Home Office had to make that award demonstrate the scale of the problem of funding an urban area as a rural force? I have worked on a cross-party basis for the last eight years to try to get the funding formula fixed. Does he agree that the test of any future police settlement is whether it increases funding for Bedfordshire?

Mr Hurd Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Dec 2018, 2:52 p.m.

I am not entirely sure about that, and I think other MPs would also disagree. There is a clear Bedfordshire issue, which has been reflected in representations from MPs on both sides of the House. In recognition of some of the exceptional pressures it faces, not least through gang activity, Bedfordshire police has, as the hon. Gentleman notes, received an exceptional grant of £4.6 million. The funding settlement for next year will come shortly, and following that will be the comprehensive spending review.