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Department: Home Office

Oral Answers to Questions

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Excerpts
Monday 13th July 2020

(6 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber

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Home Office
Margaret Greenwood Portrait Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West) (Lab)
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What steps she is taking to allocate adequate funding to police forces. [904585]

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Portrait Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)
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What steps her Department is taking to increase police funding. [904588]

Peter Aldous Portrait Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)
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What steps her Department is taking to increase police funding. [904597]

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Kit Malthouse Portrait Kit Malthouse
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I have had a number of telephone conversations with the chief constable of Merseyside police over the last few weeks and months, as has my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, and I am pleased to say that that force is in good heart, as far as we could tell. Happily, it is running well in advance of its recruitment allocation. I am told that, at the end of March, it had recruited 220 police officers, against an allocation of 200, which does give it extra capacity to deal with the problems that the hon. Member has outlined. Notwithstanding that fact, there are obviously extra costs for policing with covid-19, and we are in conversation with the Treasury about how we might address them.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Portrait Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
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Following the excellent announcement that my hon. Friend has given the House this afternoon, which goes a long way towards meeting our Conservative party pledge to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers, would he agree that the real importance of those police officers is that every criminal will know that it is much more likely their crime is going to be investigated and, if it is proved, will result in a prosecution?

Kit Malthouse Portrait Kit Malthouse
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With his usual perspicacity, my hon. Friend puts his finger on the button. We know that the greatest deterrent of crime is the perception of the likelihood of being caught, and the fact that Gloucestershire police has now more than recruited its annual allocation of police officers—he will be pleased to hear—at 48, over 46, already so far this year, means that that is much more likely to be the case in his county.