asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources he intends to make available to the West Midlands and Metropolitan police forces to enable them to deploy greater manpower.
It is for the West Midlands police authority to determine the police budget. Fifty per cent. of the authority's expenditure will be met by the Home Office through police grant.The Metropolitan Police cash limit of £763·184 million which, as police authority for the Metropolis, my right hon. and learned Friend announced to the House on 14 February at column 237 represents an increase of 5 per cent. on the equivalent figure for 1984–85 and allows for an increase of 50 police and 132 civil staff posts to bring the police establishment to 27,165 and the civil staff ceiling to 13,482.