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Welsh Police Forces

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the effect on overall police (a) numbers and (b) funding in Wales of the proposed amalgamation of the four Welsh police forces. (79606)

I have been asked to reply.

The case for the amalgamation of the four police forces in Wales which was published in March suggested that such a force would have 7,613 officers and would lead to total annual savings of around £16 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate he has made of the cost of unifying the four police forces in Wales. (79628)

I have been asked to reply.

The estimated set-up cost of a strategic police force for Wales is £35 million. We are committed to paying 100 per cent. of reasonable set-up revenue and capital costs, net of reasonable savings. The precise projected level of these costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place.

Long-term savings made possible by the merger are currently estimated at around £16 million a year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent so far on amalgamating the four police authorities in Wales. (79630)

I have been asked to reply.

The costs to the Home Office relating specifically to amalgamation of police forces in Wales cannot be identified separately.

The costs, if any, that police forces and police authorities in Wales have incurred is a matter for the bodies concerned.