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Police: Manpower

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total pay costs were of (a) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, (b) the National Police Improvement Agency, (c) the Police Standards Unit and (d) the Independent Police Complaints Commission in each year since their inception; and how many staff worked in each organisation in each year. (165651)

The total pay costs are as follows:

(a) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)

£ million

Total staff

Total pay

2006-07

137

8.9

2005-06

129

7.1

2004-05

128

7.0

2003-04

128

6.1

2002-03

5.8

2001-02

5.6

2000-01

4.5

1999-2000

3.7

1998-99

3.7

1997-98

3.9

The first HMIs were appointed under the provisions of the County and Borough Police Act 1856. However, numbers prior to 1997-98 are not readily available.

HMIC has been unable to provide complete staff numbers because changes in IT systems have meant data are not readily available prior to 2003-04.

Total staff numbers include HO and seconded staff.

(b) National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA)

£ million

Total staff

Total pay budget

2007-08

1,834

89.9

The NPIA was established by the Police and Justice Act 2006 and began its work in April 2007.

As NPIA only commenced operations this financial year no annual cost information is yet available; we have therefore provided an indicative budget for the year.

NPIA pay budget includes NPIA civilian employees, police and other secondees, along with agency staff.

(c) Police Standards Unit (PSU)

£ million

Total staff

Total pay costs

2006-07

22

2.5

2005-06

58

3.1

2004-05

59

3.6

2003-04

66

2.8

2002-03

1

1

2001-02

29

0.645

1 Unavailable

The budget and staffing data for PSU is managed at directorate level along with a number of other Home Office units. Only the figure for 2006-07 is disaggregated, all the rest include the other units.

In July 2007 the Police Standards Unit merged with the Partnership Performance Support Unit to form the Police and Partnership Standards Unit. The complement for the new unit is 33. The rationale for the merger is explained in the PCSD Director's Report 2006-07.

2001-02

In response to a parliamentary question on 17 June 2002, Official Report, column 108W, we stated that the costs from 1 July 01 to the 17 June 02 were £709,000. So an estimate for the financial year 2001-02 would be £645,000.

2002-03

We have been unable to locate data for 2002-03 within the timeframe available as data are stored on an old financial system.

2003-04 to 2005-06

These figures include the Police Performance and Framework Team including iQuanta, and the policy team, which from 2006-07 were counted as separate units.

(d) Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)

Total pay costs for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is a matter for them.