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Police

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations and retirements of police officers from the Lancashire police force there have been in each year since 1997. (64122)

Figures for the number of voluntary resignations by police officers are provided in the table. The data do not include officers who are dismissed or required to resign.

Figures for the numbers of ordinary and medical retirements by police officers are also provided in the table as follows.

Total number of police officer voluntary resignations in Lancashire (1997-2005)

As at 31 March

Voluntary resignations

1997

19

1998

14

1999

12

2000

21

2001

17

2002

40

2003

18

2004

28

2005

44

Total number of police officer retirements in Lancashire (1997-2005)

Retirement

As at 31 March

Ordinary

Medical

Total

1997

51

36

87

1998

83

27

110

1999

57

18

75

2000

62

17

79

2001

75

30

105

2002

68

39

107

2003

59

17

76

2004

65

14

79

2005

100

11

111

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total police staff hours, including uniformed staff and support staff, that will be spent on duties related to police reorganisation in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (68615)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from each police force have been caught drink driving in each of the last five years; and how many have been (a) prosecuted, (b) disciplined and (c) dismissed. (77429)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the costs of merging Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies; what estimate has been made of the likely savings; and if he will make a statement. (50142)

It is estimated that set up costs totalling £22 million will be incurred during the year prior to merger and the first three years of operation. During the first five years of operation of the new force a net saving of £10 million is projected. The precise level of projected costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place.

The Government are committed to paying 100 per cent. of reasonable set-up revenue and capital costs of restructuring, net of reasonable savings.