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Police Custody

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 789W, on police custody, how many police forces were under agreement to participate in Operation Safeguard in each of the last 36 months. (205627)

Operation Safeguard was activated in October 2006. The first table covers the period since then. In the period from October 2006 to August 2007 the figures given in the table represent the number of police forces in which Safeguard places were used at any point in the month.

In the period September 2007 to May 2008 the figures in the second table represent the number of police forces in which cells were available for immediate use at any point during the month.

The number of police forces in which Safeguard places were used at any point in the month

Month

Total number of forces

October 2006

14

November 2006

18

December 2006

22

January 2007

30

February 2007

26

March 2007

31

April 2007

31

May 2007

31

June 2007

26

July 2007

18

August 2007

30

The number of police forces in which cells were available for immediate use at any point during the month

Month

Number

September 2007

25

October 2007

28

November 2007

28

December 2007

28

January 2008

24

February 2008

24

March 2008

24

April 2008

8

May 2008

12