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Road Traffic Control: Eastern Region

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants were operating in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v) Hertfordshire, (vi) Norfolk, (vii) St. Edmundsbury borough council area and (viii) Mid Suffolk district council area in each year since 1997. (128016)

Data for the numbers of traffic wardens and traffic enforcement officers are not centrally collected at the district or borough level, however data for the numbers of traffic wardens and for the numbers of officers whose primary function is traffic are collected at force level and are given in the tables. There has over the years been a transfer of responsibility for traffic wardens from the police to local authorities.

Data on the number of council parking attendants are not collected centrally.

Traffic warden strength as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006 (FTE)1

31 March

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Bedfordshire

31

26

10

9

3

3

2

2

0

0

Cambridgeshire

39

33

38

35

38

36

35

17

0

0

Essex

136

123

121

102

82

59

38

21

8

7

Hertfordshire

72

55

44

38

45

42

38

9

0

0

Norfolk

43

43

40

37

33

34

33

31

28

26

Suffolk

33

32

33

31

29

29

25

25

20

18

1 Full-time equivalent figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures up to 31 March 2002 exclude staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The figures for 31 March 2003 onwards include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.