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101 Calls

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 803W, on 101 calls, what the annual cost of maintaining the national 101 infrastructure is; and which local authorities are funding their own pilots of the 101 service. (192452)

The annual cost to the Home Office of maintaining the national 101 telephony infrastructure will be £950,000. This funding will ensure that the 101 number continues to be available for all local areas to use to maintain or develop their own locally funded 101 services, informed by the benefits and good practice successfully demonstrated in the initial live areas.

We welcome the decisions taken to date by local authorities in partnership with local police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Sheffield and Cardiff to continue to operate the 101 service on a locally funded basis. We also welcome the piloting of a locally funded 101 service by the Greater London Authority together with individual boroughs, London councils, and the Metropolitan Police Service.