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Police: Tourists

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information her Department uses to estimate the number of tourists visiting police authority areas in England and Wales; (162092)

(2) what adjustments are made to the police formula grant in England and Wales to take account of the numbers of tourists visiting individual police authority areas. (162093)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: A new funding formula for allocating police general grant was introduced in 2006-07. During the discussions on the new formula, in which representatives from ACPO and the APA and the wider policing community were involved, it was concluded that no reliable indicator of tourism exists.

A full consultation on options for change took place in the summer of 2005-06 where all representations were fully taken into account.