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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of frontline duties he uses in reference to police work. (121760)

Frontline policing is measured using the Frontline Policing Measure, which is based on the proportion of police officers engaged in frontline activities. It is calculated using a combination of role codes and activity analysis.

The Frontline Policing Measure is not a measure of visibility. It measures time spent carrying out core policing duties. Examples of roles considered as front line include: Burglary, CID, Firearms, Community Safety, Dogs, Drugs, Foot/Car/Beat Patrol, Hate Crime, Mounted Police, Special Branch, Marine, Air, Underwater, and Vice.

CID, Foot/Car/Beat Patrol and Traffic are also subject to activity analysis to determine more accurately the proportion of officer time spent on frontline activities within those roles. Examples of frontline activity include dealing with incidents, visible patrol, searches, dealing with informants, interviewing suspects and special operations.

Full details of the formula used to calculated the measure and complete lists of frontline roles and activities are contained in the “Guidance on Statutory Performance Indicators for Policing 2006/07”, published by the Police Standards Unit and available at:

Copies of this guidance will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely change in service provision resulting from the recent changes in the level of resources made available to some police forces. (126304)

We have delivered a fair funding settlement for the police service in England and Wales in 2007-08. Each police authority will receive an increase in general grant of 3.6 per cent., higher than the 3.1 per cent. increase this year and above inflation. On top of general grant, each police authority will receive a range of other Government funding, including specific grants and capital provision.

Additionally, we have responded to the police service’s call for greater funding flexibility to enable them to get the workforce mix right locally. We will expect the police to continue to make substantial and sustained efficiency savings.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have acting chief constables; and if he will make a statement. (127423)

[holding answer 12 March 2007]: There are currently acting chief constables in Thames Valley, Lancashire, Durham, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Sussex.

The acting chief constable of Thames Valley has been appointed substantively and will take up the post on 1 April. The respective police authorities will hold interviews later this month to fill the posts in Lancashire and Durham, and interviews for the North Yorkshire post will be held in mid-April. The posts in Staffordshire and Sussex will be filled substantively later this year.