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Police: Essex

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) representations she has received from Essex Police on areas of budgetary (i) overspend and (ii) underspend by Essex police force since January 2008; and if she will make a statement. (244869)

We have not received any representations nor held any discussions with Essex police on overspends and underspends.

Decisions on the distribution of resources are matters for the chief constable of Essex and the police authority. It is a legal requirement for the police authority to set balanced budgets taking into account any use of reserves.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of levels of job satisfaction of officers in Essex Police in each year since 1997; what assessment she has made of trends in such levels; and if she will make a statement. (244872)

We do not undertake such assessments. It is a matter for the chief constable to consider whether they are appropriate.