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Police

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of the recent opinion poll undertaken by Market Research UK and commissioned by Humberside police; how many other forces have commissioned similar opinion polls; and how much has been spent by the police in England and Wales on such polling in the last 12 months. (94365)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with Cambridgeshire Police Authority on refunding from central budgets costs associated with the aborted merger proposals between Cambridgeshire Constabulary with (a) Norfolk and (b) Suffolk Constabulary in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (95385)

On 24 July the Home Office invited Cambridgeshire constabulary and Cambridgeshire police authority, along with all the other police forces and authorities in England and Wales, to submit claims for assistance with the additional costs they had incurred on the preparations for mergers. Neither the terms of this invitation nor the detailed claim which Cambridgeshire constabulary and police authority submitted on 31 August distinguish between specific merger options or the year in which particular costs were incurred. We expect to make an announcement shortly on how much of the claims will be reimbursed.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent civilian employees of North Wales police there were on the last day of each of the last five financial years. (93655)

The available data is given in the following table.

Police staff1 strength for North Wales police force (FTE)2 as at 31 March 2002 to 31 March 2006

Year ending 31 March:

Number

2002

645

2003

703

2004

849

2005

867

2006

882

1 Police staff exclude police community support officers and traffic wardens. 2 Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria Thames Valley police uses for the setting of the total resource allocation formula. (91451)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations in (a) Welwyn Hatfield constituency and (b) the Eastern region closed in the latest period for which figures are available. (91473)

The management of the police estate and allocation of resources are matters for each police authority and the chief officer, who are responsible for assessing local needs.

Police stations opened and closed in the Welwyn Hatfield constituency and ACPO Eastern region between March 2005 and March 2006

Number

Opened

Closed

Total

(a) Welwyn Hatfield Constituency

0

0

2

(b) Eastern Region

3

7

182

Note: Eastern region includes: BedfordshireCambridgeshireEssexHertfordshireNorfolkSuffolk.