HC Deb 27 October 1997 vol 299 c735W
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. [11673]

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.