HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 cc32-3W
Mr. Jenkins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of crime against(a) property and (b) the person since 1 May. [51914]

Mr. Michael

Since 1 May this year, the Crime and Disorder Bill[Lords] has been completing its passage through Parliament and should receive Royal Assent shortly.

Following the Comprehensive Spending Review, my right hon. Friend announced on 21 July 1998, Official Report, column 913 that £250 million will be spent over the next three years on a new Crime Reduction Strategy and that significant extra money would be made available for the police, probation and prison services.

The Crime and Disorder Bill's provisions add to other measures taken since the Government came to office, including implementation of Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Sex Offenders Act 1997.

We have also announced our intention to reform the Offences against the Person legislation and we are currently considering responses to consultation which builds on the work of the Law Commission.

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