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Police

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the roll-out of the neighbourhood policing model. (95418)

Neighbourhood policing will be introduced to every area by April 2007, and every community will have a neighbourhood policing team by April 2008. Delivery of neighbourhood policing has now extended to more than 6,700 neighbourhoods.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the funding of Greater Manchester police will be in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (95434)

The provisional grant settlement for 2007-08 was originally announced in December 2005. Formula grant funding for Greater Manchester police was provisionally set at £432.6 million.

Council tax funding is a matter for Greater Manchester Police Authority.

Government expects to see an average council tax increase of less than 5 per cent. in England in 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the total amount of police officer time spent waiting at the custody desk; and if he will make a statement. (90897)

[holding answer 12 September 2006]: The period of time required to process a suspect at a police station will vary according to the changing operational priorities within each police station, the individual circumstances of the suspect and the suspected offence or offences. An activity-based costing (ABC) model has been developed to help managers within the police service to calculate the costs of policing activities, including time spent in police custody suites, and inform efficiency improvements.