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Police: Pay

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on Criminal Investigation Department officers of the abolition of the plain clothes allowance in 2004. (126023)

Plain clothes allowance was paid at an annual rate to officers below the rank of assistant chief constable who were required for a continuous period of not less than a week to do duty in plain clothes. From April 2003 the annual rate was £129. An officer below the rank of superintendent who was required to perform duties in plain clothes for not less than 40 hours in any six month period was paid a plain clothes allowance for these duties at an hourly rate of 6.5p. The rates payable from April 2003 were half those paid in the preceding year and entitlement to a plain clothes allowance ceased entirely with effect from 31 March 2004. No assessment has been made of the cessation of this allowance.