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Operation Safeguard

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has been invoiced for costs incurred under Operation Safeguard in each month since it came into force, broken down by police force; and if he will make a statement. (179090)

Police forces involved in Operation Safeguard charge NOMS in arrears for the cost of making police cells available to accommodate prisoners.

Safeguard use began again in October 2006 but no invoices were paid between October and December 2006.

We cannot provide accurate figures for the cost of Operation Safeguard per police force per month because invoices usually only provide the overall period covered, which may be several months.

However, the following tables show the amounts paid in each month in 2007, broken down by police force, and the value of currently outstanding invoices.

Police force

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

ACPO

56,239.81

57,898.09

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

374,788.74

Cheshire

701,875.38

Cumbria

28,558.28

Derbyshire

151,809.50

163,653.68

Devon and Cornwall

70,486.36

221,132.80

Dorset

101,211.01

Durham

143,397.37

52,271.08

128,655.09

177,277.66

Dyfed-Powys

48,107.05

28,858.96

38,547.56

53,562.21

151,040.56

Essex

158,322.86

496,417.95

179,637.95

387,088.75

Greater Manchester

85,367.87

665,178.66

Gwent

Hampshire

Hertfordshire

543,460.70

Kent

109,933.41

469.31

195,887.94

88,112.96

279,960.86

Lancashire

172,651.00

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

81,571.06

132,847.87

112,837.86

95,047.14

87,928.96

Merseyside

418,089.45

Metropolitan

741,392.96

1,274,957.99

North Wales

186,284.18

52,202.23

Northamptonshire

214,667.02

215,202.38

Northumbria

100,682.00

152,778.00

South Wales

734,764.65

South Yorkshire

66,549.07

Suffolk

124,681.07

Sussex

133,925.42

Thames Valley

187,736.42

201,926.74

130,181.32

-270.00

324,730.41

West Midlands

393,469.77

334,387.20

Warwickshire

99,488.63

192,315.36

West Yorkshire

73,729.71

152,420.21

95,346.77

Wiltshire

55,379.17

Total

129,678.11

484,851.65

455,610.63

1,364,799.45

3,308,351.05

903,866.83

6,631,954.71

Police force

August

September

October

November

December

Invoices to be processed and paid

Total invoiced

ACPO

145,465.03

53,827.94

313,430.87

Bedfordshire

59,433.20

193,388.59

82,436.42

335,258.21

Cambridgeshire

374,788.74

Cheshire

798,886.66

244,163.85

1,195,540.62

2,940,466.51

Cumbria

92,997.58

121,555.86

Derbyshire

139,243.15

119,902.03

574,608.36

Devon and Cornwall

225,716.94

90,097.12

102,522.14

134,872.41

844,827.77

Dorset

99,929.69

122,670.96

323,811.66

Durham

86,599.80

588,201.00

Dyfed-Powys

207,208.34

50,047.61

2,799.54

580,171.83

Essex

403,838.17

179,921.85

192,177.83

1,997,405.36

Greater Manchester

244,504.12

995,050.65

Gwent

11,905.91

4,361.55

16,267.46

Hampshire

286,621.81

311,102.78

597,724.59

Hertfordshire

124,347.56

92,396.33

103,312.82

112,402.90

103,692.63

1,079,612.94

Kent

128,087.77

138,931.35

260,616.66

1,202,000.26

Lancashire

722,871.00

895,522.00

Leicestershire

250,451.26

250,451.26

Lincolnshire

110,610.13

165,973.65

108,986.38

895,803.05

Merseyside

418,089.45

Metropolitan

1,447,146.96

1,127,760.01

4,591,257.92

North Wales

629,533.63

1,679.39

869,699.43

Northamptonshire

498,848.38

928,717.78

Northumbria

64,294.00

68,813.00

29,017.00

415,584.00

South Wales

734,764.65

South Yorkshire

72,615.09

78,630.99

48,598.65

98,122.82

364,516.62

Suffolk

242,282.74

366,963.81

Sussex

133,925.42

Thames Valley

126,191.57

142,061.61

119,304.76

256,657.38

1,488,520.21

West Midlands

163,304.63

601,143.05

1,492,304.65

Warwickshire

291,803.99

West Yorkshire

376,338.30

110,348.82

126,286.64

934,470.45

Wiltshire

-9,691.35

45,687.82

Total

2,055,854.41

2,656,203.69

2,887,909.12

2,182,780.66

2,643,951.89

2,297,452.38

28,003,264.58