asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to accede to the request from the Hampshire police authority for an increase in its establishment of 23 officers.
My right hon. Friend will consider this application, which was made on 14 April, in the light of advice of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and together with other applications which are outstanding for 1987–88. I shall let the hon. Member know the outcome in due course.