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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) actual and (b) percentage increase was in the police precept for each police authority area in each of the last 10 years; and what the actual and percentage increase in the police precept was in each area over the 10 year period ranked in descending order of percentage increase. (100722)

[holding answer 20 November 2006]: The information is set out in tables, which have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per 1,000 of the population there are in each police force in England. (100948)

Table 4 within the Police Service Strength bulletin for 31 March 2006 (Home Office Statistical Bulletin13/06) contains the most recent information per 100,000 of the population and these data are also given in the tables. The most recent Police Service Strength bulletin can be downloaded from:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/hosb1306.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police precepts were for police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last five years listed in descending order. (100963)

The information is set out in the tables.

Police precepts (Band D) on council tax by police authority in descending order 2002-03 to 2006-07 2002-03

2002-03

Force

Precept (Band D)

Metropolitan

130.59

Northamptonshire

105.25

West Mercia

104.50

Dorset

103.50

Warwickshire

101.78

Staffordshire

100.93

Cumbria

100.48

Norfolk

100.35

Dyfed-Powys

98.10

North Wales

96.53

Surrey

96.44

Cleveland

96.13

Humberside

95.40

Leicestershire

95.21

Gwent

95.17

Lincolnshire

94.86

Merseyside

94.76

Cambridgeshire

94.59

Gloucestershire

94.01

Derbyshire

91.96

Wiltshire

91.54

South Wales

89.85

North Yorkshire

88.59

Nottinghamshire

85.17

Avon and Somerset

83.40

Suffolk

82.08

Hertfordshire

81.01

Bedfordshire

78.69

Essex

77.67

West Yorkshire

75.92

Hampshire

75.15

South Yorkshire

74.09

Lancashire

73.86

Devon and Cornwall

73.80

Kent

73.64

Cheshire

73.54

Thames Valley

73.49

Sussex

69.84

Greater Manchester

68.86

Durham

64.44

West Midlands

61.88

Northumbria

58.15

2003-04

Force

Precept (Band D)

Metropolitan

159.13

North Yorkshire

156.00

Gloucestershire

142.59

Surrey

135.09

Cumbria

130.71

Northamptonshire

130.09

North Wales

126.94

Staffordshire

126.50

Dyfed-Powys

124.11

Dorset

123.39

Norfolk

121.95

Cleveland

120.22

West Mercia

119.80

Gwent

119.11

Warwickshire

117.30

Cambridgeshire

113.31

Humberside

113.04

Derbyshire

111.77

Avon and Somerset

111.64

Wiltshire

109.68

Suffolk

109.35

Nottinghamshire

109.30

Thames Valley

106.24

Leicestershire

104.77

Lincolnshire

104.40

South Wales

103.51

Devon and Cornwall

103.27

Merseyside

101.54

Hertfordshire

98.28

Sussex

97.74

Hampshire

97.29

Kent

94.95

South Yorkshire

94.30

Bedfordshire

93.44

Essex

92.97

Greater Manchester

91.65

West Yorkshire

88.81

Cheshire

88.10

Lancashire

87.57

Durham

79.56

West Midlands

71.16

Northumbria

63.80

2004-05

Force

Precept (Band D)

Metropolitan

184.08

North Yorkshire

171.50

Gloucestershire

156.71

North Wales

151.57

Cumbria

150.28

Northamptonshire

149.43

Surrey

147.06

Dyfed-Powys

142.65

Gwent

139.13

Norfolk

138.69

Staffordshire

138.44

West Mercia

137.69

Cleveland

136.84

Dorset

135.36

Humberside

129.96

Cambridgeshire

129.33

Warwickshire

126.55

Avon and Somerset

125.09

Derbyshire

122.88

Wiltshire

120.63

Thames Valley

120.51

Nottinghamshire

120.12

Leicestershire

120.11

Suffolk

119.70

South Wales

115.71

Devon and Cornwall

113.39

Hertfordshire

112.53

Lincolnshire

112.23

Merseyside

110.17

Hampshire

108.36

Bedfordshire

107.17

Kent

105.66

Sussex

105.12

South Yorkshire

102.79

West Yorkshire

102.06

Lancashire

100.70

Essex

99.27

Greater Manchester

98.52

Cheshire

97.71

Durham

91.53

West Midlands

80.08

Northumbria

66.93

2005-06

Force

Precept (Band D)

Metropolitan

196.28

North Yorkshire

176.00

Gloucestershire

162.90

North Wales

158.94

Cumbria

155.43

Northamptonshire

154.41

Surrey

154.26

Norfolk

145.53

Staffordshire

145.28

Gwent

145.07

Cleveland

143.68

West Mercia

143.17

Dyfed-Powys

143.10

Dorset

142.11

Humberside

135.72

Cambridgeshire

135.54

Warwickshire

132.52

Avon and Somerset

131.34

Derbyshire

129.02

Wiltshire

126.63

Thames Valley

126.28

Leicestershire

126.04

Nottinghamshire

126.01

Suffolk

125.01

South Wales

120.40

Devon and Cornwall

119.62

Lincolnshire

119.43

Hertfordshire

118.09

Merseyside

115.68

Hampshire

113.76

Bedfordshire

111.98

Kent

110.88

Sussex

110.25

South Yorkshire

107.88

Lancashire

107.72

West Yorkshire

107.05

Greater Manchester

105.41

Essex

104.76

Cheshire

102.60

Durham

96.03

West Midlands

83.68

Northumbria

70.03

2006-07

Force

Precept (Band D)

Metropolitan

210.82

North Yorkshire

180.00

Gloucestershire

170.96

North Wales

166.89

Surrey

163.26

Cumbria

163.08

Northamptonshire

162.11

Norfolk

154.17

Staffordshire

152.53

Gwent

152.32

Cleveland

150.72

West Mercia

150.24

Dyfed-Powys

150.21

Dorset

149.13

Humberside

142.47

Cambridgeshire

142.29

Warwickshire

138.95

Avon and Somerset

137.84

Derbyshire

135.15

Wiltshire

132.84

Thames Valley

132.58

Leicestershire

132.33

Nottinghamshire

132.24

Suffolk

130.86

South Wales

126.42

Devon and Cornwall

125.53

Lincolnshire

125.37

Hertfordshire

123.98

Merseyside

121.46

Hampshire

119.43

Bedfordshire

117.55

Kent

116.37

Sussex

115.74

South Yorkshire

113.27

Lancashire

113.09

West Yorkshire

112.40

Essex

110.97

Greater Manchester

110.67

Cheshire

108.49

Durham

100.80

West Midlands

87.55

Northumbria

71.78

Source:

DCLG (English Police Authorities).

Welsh Assembly Government (Welsh Police Authorities).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) total number of police officers and (b) number of police officers on the streets and in neighbourhood teams in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) England in (A) 1997 and (B) 2006. (101361)

The available data for the total number of police officers in Gloucestershire and England are given in the tables. The closest available data to cover officers on the streets and in neighbourhood teams are in terms of officers primarily employed within the function foot/car/beat patrol. These data for Gloucestershire and England are also given in the tables.

Police officer strength in Gloucestershire as at 31 March 1997 and 31 March 2006 (FTE)1

1997

2006

Foot/Car/Beat Patrol2

4n/a

456

Total strength3

1,133

1,303

1 Full-Time Equivalent figures rounded to the nearest whole number. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2 Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual Chief Constables.

3 Overall force totals including those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The data in the function breakdown is from unpublished sources and therefore totals may not match totals found in the published data.

4 Data for 1996-97 are not available.

Police officer strength in England as at 31 March 1997 and 31 March 2006 (FTE)1

1997

2006

Foot/Car/Beat Patrol2

4n/a

55,291

Total strength3

118,453

133,925

1.Full-Time Equivalent figures rounded to the nearest whole number. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2 Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual Chief Constables.

3 Overall force totals including those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The data in the function breakdown is from unpublished sources and therefore totals may not match totals found in the published data.

4 Data for 1996-97 are not available.