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Police

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the sickness absence rate was in the Cambridgeshire constabulary in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (71393)

The available information is provided in the table.

Police Officer Sickness Absence1 in Cambridgeshire (2000-2005)

As at 31 March

Average number of working days lost per officer

Average number of working hours lost per officer

1997

11.1

1998

10.8

1999

11.9

2000

11.8

2001

13.3

2002

12.0

2003

11.4

2004

10.3

92.4

2005

98.3

1 Prior to 2004, sickness data was recorded in days rather than hours. Figures from 1997-2003 were published in the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary. Figures after this time are taken from the Police Performance Monitoring Reports published by the Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total costs of the National Policing Improvement Agency in each year between 2005-06 and 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (71865)

The NPIA will be established on 1 April 2007. The budget for financial year 2007-08 and thereafter has not been finalised.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) purpose and (b) objective is of the National Policing Improvement Agency; what its manpower requirement will be; and if he will make a statement. (71866)

The purpose and objective of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is to deliver a step change in the provision of services to support operational policing and drive further improvements in the service, particularly in front-line delivery to the public. The NPIA will be police-owned and led. The exact staffing levels of the Agency have yet to be determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations there were in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall in (i) 2006, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 1995. (72780)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were on attachment to overseas police forces in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (72358)

The maximum number of UK police officers who may be deployed to international peace support operations at any one time is 475. On average, around 170 officers from forces in England and Wales are deployed in this capacity each year.

In the years 2001 to 2005, the Home Office issued the following numbers of authorisations under section 26 of the Police Act 1996 to police officers from forces in England and Wales in respect of travel overseas to provide assistance to an international organisation or other body engaged outside the UK in policing activities:

Number

2001

262

2002

250

2003

354

2004

840

2005

1,730

The majority of these authorisations were in respect of short-term assistance, including in the areas of counter-terrorism, serious and organised crime and disaster relief, such as the extensive help provided in 2004-05 in the aftermath of the tsunami.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in working for Police Direct; what his policy is on the expansion of Police Direct; and if he will make a statement. (70899)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how one super force for the entire Eastern region would affect (a) the number of full-time police officers deployed in the area served by the Norfolk constabulary, (b) the level of service offered to the public and (c) the rates of crime. (38866)

An assessment of the single Eastern regional option was not undertaken. Both the Home Office and forces and authorities in this region agreed that there were other more viable options on which resources needed to be focused.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the precepting arrangements will be for the new proposed Yorkshire police force; and whether the current arrangements requiring majority support among elected members of the police authority before a precept increase can be agreed will remain in place. (65792)

I think the strategic direction that has already been set out is the right one. I have not yet had time to consider these matters in the considerable detail that would be wished, but will be turning my mind to how we can achieve this direction in the not too distant future.