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National Single Non-emergency Number

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what parts of the United Kingdom the national single non-emergency number is available; and what funding is available for the continued availability of the number in these areas. (103908)

The new single non-emergency number service 101 is now available in five police and local authority partnerships across England and Wales: Northumbria and Tyne and Wear, Sheffield, Leicester and Rutland, Cardiff, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The Home Office is committed to the continued availability of the 101 service in these areas, though it is not possible to confirm at this time exactly what funding will be available beyond the 2007-08 financial year until future budgets have been finalised following the current Comprehensive Spending Review.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of introducing the 101 non-emergency national number. (103914)

The cost of developing and implementing the single non-emergency number 101 in the five Wave one areas was £7.47 million.