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Police, Fire And Civil Defence Authorities

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has reached a decision on the applications from the joint police and fire and civil defence authorities for redetermination of their expenditure levels for 1988–89; what maximum precepts he proposes to set in consequence; and if he will make a statement.

All six joint police authorities and six of the seven joint fire and civil defence authorities sought redetermination of the expenditure levels I announced on 24 July and I am today notifying them of my decisions. On police, I have decided not to increase the expenditure levels for South Yorkshire, Northumbria and West Yorkshire, but have redetermined the expenditure levels for the other forces as follows:

£ million
Merseyside68·906
West Midlands93·423
Greater Manchester95·221
On fire and civil defence, I have decided not to increase the expenditure levels for London, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear and West Midlands. The expenditure levels for the other authorities have been redetermined as follows:

£ million
South Yorkshire22·514
West Yorkshire37·558
My proposals for the maximum precept levels for these authorities for 1988–89 are as follows:

Police
Greater Manchester15·38
Merseyside19·30
Northumbria13·92
South Yorkshire15·59
West Midlands14·11
West Yorkshire15·72
Fire and Civil Defence
Greater Manchester10·82
Merseyside8·22
South Yorkshire11·21
Tyne and Wear11·04
West Midlands7·48
West Yorkshire13·41
London8·15
Formal notification of the proposed maximum precepts has been sent to the authorities today. I have asked the authorities to let me know by 15 January whether they accept the maximum precepts.