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Special Constables

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proposals he has to encourage people to join the Special Constabulary;(2) what is the present number of special constables operating in the United Kingdom;(3) what consultations he has had with the Police Advisory Board regarding the number and effectiveness of the special constables.

There were 15,960 special constables in England and Wales on 31 December 1979, the latest date for which figures are available. The decline in the strength of the special constabulary is a matter for concern and the Police Advisory Board, after discussing the matter under my chairmanship, has decided to

Prisons and Remand CentresMales Borstals and Young Prisoner CentresDetention CentresFemale EstablishmentsTotals
£ million£ millionmillion£ million£ million
Net current expenditure189·56639·1109·3758·316246·367
Maintenance, repairs etc.9·7552·1160·5650·39212·828
Capital expenditure19·4704·7990·4751·3276·071
Total net expenditure218·79146·02510·41510·035285·266
Average annual cost per inmate£5,798£6,206£5,638£7,301£5,894
Information about the annual cost of running each individual establishment is not readily available.