Margot James calls for a statement from the Home Secretary on the arrest of Mr and Mrs Ferrie after they defended themselves against burglars and she calls for a debate on the rights of householders to defend themselves and their property.
Margot James (Stourbridge) (Con): Millions of law-abiding citizens will be outraged that Mr and Mrs Ferrie spent three days in custody after defending themselves against burglars, one of whom turned out to be a violent career criminal out of prison early on licence. May we have a statement from the Home Secretary on the urgent need to include common sense in the training of police officers, and may we have a debate about the rights of householders to defend themselves and their property?
Mr Lansley: I completely understand how strongly my hon. Friend feels about that, and I think many Members of the House feel the same. I hope she sees that there is an opportunity for her on the 18th of this month to raise that issue at Justice questions. I am sure that Ministers will feel as strongly as she does on this.