Answering questions on the police service

Today, I answered Home Office questions in the House of Commons in my role as Minister of State for Policing & Fire Service on a variety of different topics.

In the past week, I have answered lots of questions regarding the report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. It’s important to say the response is for police forces, and I look forward to all police forces responding with the outcomes for their areas. Ultimately, there has also been a big improvement on previous years, which is good news, but the police need to respond and do the work to deliver.

I was also questioned on the rise of scrap metal thefts we are currently experiencing and whether we plan to produce a response to the consultation. We will report back to the House of Commons in due course when we have had a chance to go through all the replies.

One of the other topical questions was on the National Police Funding Formula. I give an assurance that there is a substantial piece of work going on, with academics, police chief constables and police and crime commissioners across the country working to feed in and ensure that the police funding formula review takes account of everything. A lot of people in the sector are telling us how pleased they are with the process. We are determined to see that through. We will see where it goes for all forces in order to get a fair formula in future.