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Police Overtime (Solihull)

Volume 115: debated on Friday 8 May 1987

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Taylor asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the west midlands as to how the police overtime resources at the disposal of the chief superintendent of police in Solihull in respect of D division compares with comparable forces and as to the extent to which overtime worked by Solihull police officers is actually discharged in other boroughs in the west midlands.

The chief constable has informed me that in the financial year 1986–87 a total of 37,617 hours' overtime was worked by police officers in the Solihull divisions at a cost of £299,176. Information on the extent to which overtime worked by Solihull police officers is actually discharged in other boroughs of the west midlands could only be obtained at disproportionate cost, and attempts to compare a division in one force with other forces would not be of value.