§ 17. Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what initiatives he intends to take to reduce crime in rural areas. 
§ Mr. Michael
Our comprehensive strategy against crime includes a new statutory duty on local authorities and the police to develop local partnerships to prevent crime and promote community safety. This will benefit all parts of the country: rural as well as urban and inner city by targeting the specific problems and needs of each area.