Policing in London

Question written on 27/03/2008

Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that I am relieved, if not surprised, that neither of my two local authorities is on the potential capping list. That is partly because City of London police will yet again need to dig into reserves, as a result of the unsatisfactory funding arrangements. Will the Minister meet me and representatives of the Corporation of London, not least because of the important national and international work in relation to anti-terrorism and white-collar crime that City of London police performs on behalf of all police and the Home Office at large?

Answered by John Healey MP

Mr. John Healey, Local Government Minister: At the risk of annoying my diary secretary, may I say that I am sure that my right hon. Friend the policing Minister and I will find time to meet the hon. Gentleman and his authority? If he will allow it, however, we will give priority over the next three weeks to the eight authorities that I have designated this afternoon.