To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane), 17 March 2003, Official Report, column 591W, on police, what estimate he has made of net pensions expenditure as a proportion of police net expenditure in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06. 
Provision for net expenditure and for net pension expenditure is determined by police authorities. Estimates for future years are not available.Within the police funding formula a component for police pension costs currently amounts to 14.5 per cent. of the total provision. Allocation of the provision between police authorities is made on advice from the Government Actuary's Department.