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Police

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time is of police to emergency call-outs in (a) England and Wales and (b) Taunton constituency. (64064)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of creating a West Midlands regional police force. (69977)

[holding answer 10 May 2006]: The gross costs of merger are currently calculated at £57 million. There would be net set-up costs, after projected savings, in the first two years of restructuring. During the first five years of operation of the new force a net saving of £72 million is projected. The Government are committed to paying 100 per cent. of reasonable set-up revenue and capital costs of restructuring, net of reasonable savings.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding will be made available to support the merger of police forces in Wales; and if he will make a statement. (70884)

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 the Home Department why (a) levels and (b) the impact of tourism was taken out of the police funding formula; and if he will make a statement. (71703)

Following the review, a new funding formula for allocating police general grant was introduced in 2006-07.

During the review, we concluded that the tourism indicator used in the previous formula was out of date. Alternative and more up-to-date indicators of tourism were considered, but we were not satisfied that these were reliable and therefore did not include them in the new formula.

Representatives from ACPO and the APA and the wider policing community were involved in the review. A full consultation on options for change took place last summer. All representations were fully taken into account.

Dorset benefited overall from the revised formula changes and their position was further protected by application of a virtually flat rate grant increase for all police authorities for 2006-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the net expenditure was on police per head of the population in (a) Devon, (b) Cornwall and (c) England in each year since 1999. (72794)

The information is set out in the following table. Devon and Cornwall is a combined police authority and data on policing costs for the two counties separately are not available

Devon and CornwallEngland

Net expenditure1 (£)

Resident population

Expenditure per head of population (£)

Net expenditure1 (£)

Resident population

Expenditure per head of population (£)

1999-2000

175,055,000

1,551,480

112.83

7,074,920,000

49,279,007

143.57

2000-01

182,367,000

1,558,758

117.00

7,372,617,000

49,489,372

148.97

2001-02

191,117,000

1,569,666

121.76

7,852,807,000

49,746,857

157.86

2002-03

198,375,000

1,586,655

125.03

8,153,101,000

49,990,718

163.09

2003-04

220,160,000

1,578,595

139.47

8,910,451,000

49,174,123

181.20

2004-05

233,170,000

1,590,699

146.58

9,408,454,000

49,553,944

189.86

2005-06

243,711,000

1,601,215

152.20

9,631,146,000

49,847,697

193.21

1 Source for net expenditure:

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Police Statistics (Estimates for 2005-06)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 903W, on police, if he will collect data centrally on the numbers of (a) police officers and (b) other employees who have taken early retirement in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (73786)

We do not currently collect data centrally on the number of early retirements amongst police staff and there are no comparable figures to collect in respect of police officers. In view of the operational requirements of policing officers may retire under the police pension scheme of 1987, which applies to those who joined the service before 6 April 2006, with an immediate ordinary pension after 30 years’ service or from age 50 if they have at least 25 years’ service. The only means by which officers can retire earlier than that with a pension is on the grounds of ill-health. The rate of ill-health retirements among police officers has fallen from 14 per 1,000 officers in service in 1997-98 to three per 1,000 in 2004-05. We will consider the case for widening the scope of the data we collect from forces in the way suggested by the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the net change in the number of police force posts following the creation of a single strategic force for Wales. (82368)

[holding answer 4 July 2006]: The business case for amalgamation of the four Welsh police forces, which was sent to the forces and police authorities concerned on 3 March, assumed no change in the total number of police officers in Wales .

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police officers in each police authority area come from ethnic minority backgrounds. (83681)

The information requested is available in the “Police Service Strength publication as at 31 March 2005”. This report was published on 25 July 2005 and is available in the Library of the House and on:http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/hosb0106.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former police officers are in receipt of injury pensions. (84116)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers (a) were recruited and (b) left the service in Yeovil constituency in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06. (82136)

Police personnel data are collected on a financial year basis by police force area. The latest information available is for 2004-05.

In 2004-05 Avon and Somerset police force recruited 139 full-time equivalent (FTE) police community support officers (PCSOs), and no PCSOs were recorded as leaving the force during this period.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about police conduct and behaviour have been (a) submitted and (b) upheld in each police force in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (82986)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police pursuits of motorbike thieves have resulted in injury to the operator of the motorbike in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (82818)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mechanism will be for the equalisation of council tax precepts across Wales following the proposed merger of the four Welsh police forces. (67830)

The new strategic police authority will be the precepting authority for the strategic police force. No final decisions have yet been taken on transitional arrangements to allow for convergence of precepts over several years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for racism in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (82929)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) resignations and (b) retirements of police officers from the Suffolk constabulary there have been in each year since 1997. (82111)

The available information is provided in the following table:

Full-time equivalent1 police officer resignations and retirements in Suffolk, 1997-2005

As at 31 March each year

Voluntary resignations2

Retirements3

1997

5

56

1998

10

51

1999

8

44

2000

11

37

2001

12

52

2002

19

36

2003

14

32

2004

28

35

2005

26

27

1 Prior to 2003, FTE figures excluded those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. 2 Voluntary resignations does not include those who are dismissed and required to resign. 3 Retirements includes normal retirements and medical retirements.