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Police Authorities

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what would the financial effect be of a 20 per cent. reduction in the grant allocated to police authorities in each authority in the metropolitan counties. [92317]

Police Grant, Revenue Support Grant and National Non-domestic Rate income for the six provincial metropolitan police authorities increased by 4.9 per cent for 2003/04.The financial effect of a notional reduction of 20 per cent. in the 2003–04 grant would be as follows:

£ million
Police authorityGrunt 2003–04Effect of 20 per cent.
Greater Manchester380.8-76.1
Merseyside240.5-48.1
Northumberia214.3-42.9
South Yorkshire172.3-34.5
West Midlands386.5-77.3
West Yorkshire289.4-57.8
Total1,683.6-336.7
In contrast to the question, Central Government spending in the Police Service will increase by 16 per cent. in cash terms over the Spending Review 2002 period.