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BCC to question Blears on crime.

Representatives from Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce are to question the Government over business crime this week.

Hazel Blears MP, Minister for Crime is one of the key speakers at the British Chambers of Commerce's annual conference in London on Wednesday.

Annette Fitzgerald, head of policy at the Chamber, said there had been a number of significant improvements in the central approach to business crime.

However, she warned that industry leaders remained concerned that business crime is unlikely to be made a key performance indicator, against which policing standards would be judged.

She said: 'We are delighted that the Government has now firmly recognised the importance of business crime and regional crime advisers have been appointed by the Home Office.

'We understand that the Home Office is intent on reducing the number of police force key performance indicators - a move that can perhaps be welcomed insofar as it reduces operational bureaucracy.

'However, the implication is that business crime will now never be classified as a key performance indicator.

'How can the Home Office ensure that the true extent of business crime is measured and recorded, so that resources can be allocated appropriately, without that in place?'
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