I think there is cross-party support for community policing and getting police out onto the streets of London, and indeed making London a safer place. But I wonder if there is Governmental support for it. There is a lot of hot air and words spoken by this Government about policing in London, but if London was funded at the same level as it was in 1996/97 the Government grant would be some £240 million more than it is now; indeed £54 million is being held back this year.
Lord Harris, you know that the Mayor is certainly pressing very hard for community-based policing, and it is part of his political agenda, shall we say, or his manifesto for next year. How is he going to pay for it? You and I know you have private meetings with him. How are you going to propose to the MPA and indeed to London that this is paid for, given that the Police Authority has to make tens of millions of pounds' worth of cuts next year, and the cost of Step Change will be £26 million next year and £356 million the year after? We cannot have boom and bust policing in London. How are you going to propose that it be funded?