asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what percentage the West Midlands Police Force is below establishment strength up to the latest date; and if he will make a statement.
On 28th February 1977, the West Midlands Police deficiency was 11·5 per cent. of the establishment of 6,509. Since the force was set up on 1st April 1974 the strength has increased by 525, to 5,760 on 28th February. The police authority has made provision for an increase of 240 in the financial year 1977–78, and for expenditure of £50,000 on local recruitment activities. The force also benefits from the national recruitment campaign run by the Home Office.