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Royal Ulster Constabulary

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the financial years 1988–89 and 1989–90 giving separately figures for (a) salary and benefits, (b) transport and communication, (c) new construction, (d) other costs, (e) total gross expenditure and (f) total net expenditure after deduction of receipts.

The information requested is contained in the Police Authority for Northern Ireland annual statement of account, which is published and presented to the House each year. The cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1988–89 is as follows. The statement of account for 1989–90 has not yet been published; however, the estimated outturn is as follows:

1988–89 £ million11989–90 £ million
Salaries and benefits320·89353·96
Transport and communication14·7416·75
New construction19·6822·30
Other costs46·1247·64
Total gross expenditure401·43440·65
Total net expenditure after deduction of receipts383·50420·85
1 Estimated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the manpower strength of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and its reserve as between full-time, part-time, male and female operatives as at 31 December 1989.

The information is as follows:

Strength of the RUC and RUC Reserve as at 31 December 1989
MaleFemaleTotal
RUC7,5716888,259
RUC Reserve (Full time)2,980383,018
RUC Reserve (Part time)1,2193871,606