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Police: Bureaucracy

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1204, what the evidential basis was for her statement that the hon. Member for Wellingborough was wrong about time police officers spend on the beat in Northamptonshire; and if she will make a statement. (277469)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: The hon. Member for Wellingborough stated that in his county the amount of time spent on the beat was down to 10 per cent. In fact, the amount of time officers in his county spend patrolling and involved in no other activity is 10 per cent; the total amount of time they spend on the beat will be considerably greater than this.