§ 14. Mr. Tom Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any proposals to seek to deal with pick-pocketing in London in the light of the recent increase in its incidence.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Commissioner's strategy for 1987 highlighted his determination to tackle street crime. I understand that this includes pick-pocketing and that additional resources have been provided to help to combat the problem. In particular, territorial operations support groups were formed in January and each division has been authorised to form a divisional crime squad to combat street crime, including pick-pocketing.
§ Mr. Clarke
Although the Minister has declined to give the figures, will he bear in mind that the increase in Faganism, which is clearly reflected in his reply, suggests that the Government's economic policies have an influence on these matters among communities and families? Will he encourage his right hon. Friend in Cabinet to seek a change in those policies?
§ Mr. Favell
Is it not about time that the Opposition stopped excusing crime and started condemning it?