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Police: Wales

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) civilian support officers there were in (i) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (ii) North Wales (A) in 1997 and (B) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the policing budget was in each area in (1) 1997 and (2) 2007 in real terms. (235559)

The available data for North Wales are given in the following table. Police personnel data are not collected by parliamentary constituency.

The net budget requirement for North Wales Police Authority in 1997-98 was £71.3 million, increasing to £124.8 million in 2007-08. This is a real terms increase of 37.8 per cent.

Resource for the Vale of Clwyd is an operational matter for the chief constable and police authority.

Police community support officer strength (FTE)1 and police staff2 strength (FTE)1 for North Wales police

As at 31 March each year

PCSOs5

Staff

19973

476

20034

0

703

2008

159

774

1 Total strength is based on full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, because of rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between these totals and the totals in other tables.

2 Civilian staff have been referred to as police staff since March 2003. Figures exclude traffic wardens, police community support officers and designated officers (s.38).

3 Figures exclude those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity.

4 Strength figures as at 31 March 2003 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.

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