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Police: Lancashire

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in Lancashire Constabulary in each year since their inception. (193952)

The requested data are given in the following table, and are published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin “Police Service Strength, England and Wales”, copies of which are available online and in the Library of the House.

Police community support officer strength1 (FTE)2 for Lancashire as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 20073

As at 31 March each year

PCSOs

2003

77

2004

110

20054

161

20064

184

20074

374

1 This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

2 Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

3 Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03.

4 Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) force strength and (b) budget for Lancashire Constabulary was in each year since 1997. (193953)

The requested data are given in the following tables.

Police officer strength1 (FTE)2 for Lancashire as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2007

LancashirePolice force as at 31 March each year

£

1997

3,248

1998

3,257

1999

3,245

2000

3,179

2001

3,255

2002

3,304

20033

3,339

20043

3,550

20053

3,551

20063

3,583

20073

3,566

1 This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items. 2 Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. 3 Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.

Budget for Lancashire Constabulary from 1996-97 to 2007-08

£ million

1996-97

163.60

1997-98

168.25

1998-99

174.41

1999-00

181.34

2000-01

189.62

2001-02

198.02

2002-03

202.03

2003-04

216.77

2004-05

228.94

2005-06

230.76

2006-07

239.53

2007-08

252.64