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Plessey Equipment Purchases

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if Plessey electronic communications equipment is used by the Prison Service and the Metropolitan Police; and what was the total value of such equipment acquired by each service in each of the last five years.

Police at the end of 1975 and beginning of 1976; and what was the cost of this campaign and its results.

For this special advertising campaign advertisements were placed in the ethnic minority Press and a number of London newspapers. The total cost was £39,000. It produced 700 inquiries and 400 applications to join the Metropolitan Police. Since the end of 1975 the number of coloured officers serving in the Metropolitan Police has risen from 39 to 78.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total cost and what the cost per applicant of the national Press campaign to recruit coloured persons to serve in police forces.

The cost of the national campaign in the ethnic minority Press between the middle of June and the middle of August 1976 was £8,500. The resulting cost per applicant was £265·63.