HC Deb 05 February 2001 vol 362 cc424-5W
21. Mr. St. Aubyn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on rural policing. [147110]

Mr. Charles Clarke

All areas of the country, urban and rural alike, are equally entitled to benefit from a modern, effective and responsive police service. This is why we are providing for a real and significant increase in police funding across the board. We are also providing extra funding for rural police forces: £15 million this year, rising to £30 million in 2001–02, to help forces meet the additional costs involved in policing rural communities.

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