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Police

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers were deployed in each basic command unit of the Cleveland Police Force area in (a) 1987, (b) 1992, (c) 1997, (d) 2001, (e) 2004 and (f) 2005; (63231)

(2) how many police officers are planned to be deployed in each basic command unit in the Cleveland Police Force area in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

Figures for police officers have only been collected by basic command unit (BCU) since March 2002. The available data for the number of police officers deployed in each BCU level in Cleveland are provided in the table.

Forecasts for police force plans for staffing levels in future years is not collected. Deployment of police officers in Cleveland to basic command units and to other specialist units is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, subject to the resources that are available.

The number of police officers1 deployed in each basic command unit (BCU) level of the Cleveland police force area

As at 31 March each year:

Basic command units

2002

2004

2005

Hartlepool

184

152

190

Langbaurgh (Redcar and Cleveland)

232

223

243

Middlesbrough

317

261

317

Stockton

299

252

280

1 The number of police officers is based on full-time equivalent figures including those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between the totals and the sums of the constituent items.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of the Diversity Unit of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the last financial period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (95764)

[holding answer 19 October 2006]: I understand from the chief constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary that in 2005-06 the force spent £261,000 of its overall budget (£112.5 million) on work delivered by the Diversity Unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the funding of Lancashire police will be in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (96344)

The provisional grant settlement for 2007-08 was originally announced in December 2005. Formula grant funding for Lancashire police was provisionally set at £193.7 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the forecast number of full-time equivalent police officers in Northamptonshire is in the next two years. (96213)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: Projections and planning around workforce numbers are matters for the chief constable of Northamptonshire and the police authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the forecast number of full-time equivalent police officers in Lancashire is in the next two years. (96873)

Projections and planning around work force numbers are matters for the chief constable of Lancashire and the police authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police authorities have budgeted for a three per cent. increase in police pay from 1 September. (94735)

[holding answer 17 October 2006]: It is for each police authority to determine their force budget each year taking into account a range of factors and planning assumptions.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual saving would be from increasing the employee contribution rate of the police pension scheme by one per cent.; and if he will make a statement. (93544)

The annual savings from increasing the employee contribution rate for police officers in England and Wales is estimated at £44.5 million. This is based on 1 per cent. of the annual pensionable payroll for the police service in England and Wales in 2005-06.