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Metropolitan Police (Cash Limit)

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he proposes to make to the Metropolitan police cash limit for 1985–86.

In order to enable the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to recruit up to agreed manpower levels I intend to increase the cash limit for 1985–86 by £8 million from £763·184 million to £771·184 million. This increase will be charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the public expenditure planning total. The cash limit is non-voted but parliamentary approval will be necessary for the associated Supplementary Estimate covering the increase in police grant.The financial consequences of the recent disorders in Brixton and Tottenham are being urgently assessed so that further adjustments to the cash limit can be made as necessary.