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Police (Numbers)

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North 11 February, Official Report, c. 420, regarding the total numbers employed by the police forces in Northern Ireland, why figures at constant prices are not now readily available.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 31 March 1982 by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the right hon. Member for Stepney and Poplar (Mr. Shore).—[Vol. 21, c. 124.]However, the annual staff costs at outturn prices for Royal Ulster Constabulary and Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve officers and civilian support staff for the financial years referred to in my earlier reply are as follows:

RUC and RUC 'R' Officers £Civilian Support Staff £Total £
1971–7213,464,000546,00014,010,000
1979–8084,823,0004,990,00089,813,000
1981–82139,370,0007,000,000146,370,000