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Police

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) front line police officers and (b) police officers in total there were in (i) the Northern Division, (ii) Central Division and (iii) Southern Division of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in each year from 1997 to 2005. (95408)

[holding answer 20 October 2006]: I understand this an operational matter for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, however, the relevant data are contained in the table.

Police officer strength (FTE)1 by function type2 for Cambridgeshire Constabulary3 as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 20064

Operational support

Operational

Organisational Support

Total

31 March 2003

Cambridgeshire Central

20

318

1

339

Cambridgeshire Northern

25

333

2

360

Cambridgeshire Southern

34

357

6

397

31 March 2004

Cambridgeshire Central

25

334

1

360

Cambridgeshire Northern

33

322

1

356

Cambridgeshire Southern

32

359

3

394

31 March 2005

Cambridgeshire Central

19

291

2

312

Cambridgeshire Northern

30

276

2

308

Cambridgeshire Southern

22

342

2

365

31 March 2006

Cambridgeshire Central

23

296

3

322

Cambridgeshire Northern

28

288

1

317

Cambridgeshire southern

44

321

2

367

1. Full time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2. Recorded functions are “Operational”, “Operational support” and “Organisational support”.

3. Data available at the basic command unit level.

4. Data not available prior to 2002-03

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost to the public purse of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority’s Equality Scheme since 31 May 2005; and if he will make a statement. (95765)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in negotiations on pay for police officers. (95784)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the Police Pension Scheme in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts he has made of how much will be spent in each year between 2007-08 and 2050-51; how many members of the scheme there are; and if he will make a statement. (96000)

The administration of the Police Pension Schemes is the responsibility of individual police authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have faced disciplinary procedures for negligence or oversight in investigating a crime and following up leads with diligence in each year since 2000. (97184)

The statistics for negligence or oversight in investigating a crime and following up leads with diligence are not specifically captured or held centrally.

However, Police Complaints statistics for England and Wales up to 31 March 2004 are available on the Home Office website (www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds). With effect from 1 April 2004, the responsibility for the guardianship of the police complaints system and the collation and publication of these statistics passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they are available on (www.ipcc.gov.uk/index/resources/research/stats).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of average increases in the police precept for English police forces in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (98124)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of neighbourhood policing in Coventry South. (97161)

There are currently 10 dedicated teams in the M2 operational command unit which covers the Coventry South parliamentary constituency.

West Midlands police are on target to introduce neighbourhood policing to every community by April 2007, and to ensure that every community has an embedded neighbourhood policing team by April 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police officers there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. (95541)

I understand this is an operational matter for the police constabularies concerned. However, the relevant data are contained in the following table.

Police officers whose primary function is traffic as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2006 (FTE)1,2

31 March 2003

31 March 2004

31 March 2005

31 March 2006

Bedfordshire

75

80

80

81

Cambridgeshire

85

99

101

99

Essex

241

242

243

243

Hertfordshire

150

151

149

149

Norfolk

120

121

107

112

Suffolk

68

72

76

80

1 Full time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2 Data not available prior to 2002-03.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police officers there were in Lancashire in each year since 1997. (96342)

[holding answer 20 October 2006]: I understands this is an operational matter for the chief constable of Lancashire. However, the relevant data are contained in the following table.

Police officers whose primary function is traffic as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2006 (FTE)1,2

Lancashire

Number

31 March 2003

198

31 March 2004

187

31 March 2005

190

31 March 2006

197

1 Full time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. 2 Data not available prior to 2002-03.