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Police

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total annual cost would have been of an increase in police pay of 2.2 per cent. as proposed by the Official Side; and what the cost will be of the 3 per cent. the Police Arbitration Panel awarded. (105975)

The Home Office has estimated that increasing police officer pay by 2.2 per cent would increase the police officer paybill in England and Wales by £154 million per year and increasing police officer pay by 3 per cent would cost £210 million; a difference of £56 million per year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total amount was allocated to Northamptonshire police under the National Funding Formula over the last five years; and how much was available for drawing down by the Northamptonshire police over the same period. (106996)

The information requested is set out in the table.

Northamptonshire’s funding 2002-07

£

General government grants

Specific grants and capital provision

Total government grants

2002-03

59,279,178

5,131,002

64,410,180

2003-04

62,224,177

9,320,855

71,545,032

2004-05

64,271,295

7,453,179

71,724,474

2005-06

67,782,696

7,564,320

75,347,016

2005-061

67,163,000

2006-07

69,245,266

10,462,991

79,708,257

1 Adjusted for comparison purposes following the transfer of pensions and security funding from general grant in 2006-07

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff are employed in each police force area in England and Wales. (107659)

This data has previously been published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Police Strength in England and Wales 31st March 2006 (13/06), which is available in the Library of the House and can also be downloaded from http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/hosb1306.pdf.

Tables 10a and 10b in the bulletin contain the numbers of police staff by each force in England and Wales. (Civilian staff have been referred to as police staff since March 2003.) Figures for police community support officers, traffic wardens and designated officers (s.38) are also given in the tables.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about insufficient funding of policing his Department has received from each police authority in the last six months. (107699)

[holding answer 4 December 2006]: Ministers and officials in the Home Office have regular discussions with police forces and authorities, on both a formal and informal basis, during which the subject of police funding may be raised.