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Police

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a table depicting police force strength in numbers of officers for all regions of the United Kingdom and the percentage increases or decreases these figures represent from 1979 to the latest available date.

My right hon. Friend has responsibility only for England and Wales, for which the information is as follows:

Region and force

May 1979

January 1988

Increase

Per cent.

West Mercia1,7521,948+19611·2
West Midlands6,0316,675+64410·7

North East

Cleveland1,3471,465+1188·8
Durham1,3121,335+231·8
Humberside1,8611,955+945·1
Lincolnshire1,1751,174-1(0·1)
Northumbria3,2853,473+1885·7
North Yorkshire1,3371,379+423·1
South Yorkshire2,5602,930+37014·5
West Yorkshire4,7395,188+4499·5

South West

Avon and Somerset2,8293,009+1806·4
Devon and Cornwall2,6672,804+1375·1
Dorset1,1401,243+1039·0
Gloucestershire1,0811,158+777·1
Wiltshire1,0011,093+929·2

South East

Bedfordshire900997+9710·8
Cambridgeshire1,0711,160+898·3
City of London832784-48(5·8)
Essex2,4902,719+2299·2
Hampshire2,9553,099+1444·9
Hertfordshire1,4551,607+15210·4
Kent2,7302,901+1716·3
Metropolitan22,22527,449+5,22423·5
Norfolk1,2291,302+735·9
Suffolk1,0771,187+11010·2
Surrey1,4421,640+19813·7
Sussex2,7592,871+1124·1
Thames Valley2,6533,478+82531·1

North West

Cheshire1,7871,839+522·9
Cumbria1,0641,150+868·1
Greater Manchester6,4406,991+5518·6
Lancashire3,0933,149+561·8
Merseyside4,4414,660+2194·9

Wales

Dyfed Powys913925+121·3
Gwent971975+40·4
North Wales1,2691,303+342·7
South Wales2,9453,119+1745·9
England and Wales109,998122,131+12,13311·0