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Police Stations: Statistics

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons his Department decided to stop recording the number of police stations operational in the UK in 2007; and if he will make a statement. (309227)

Previously information on the number of police stations opened and closed in England and Wales was collected centrally from police authorities via a yearly survey. The last full survey was for March 2007.

The data that the survey generated were not generally reliable. The management of the police estate and the allocation of resources are matters for police authorities and chief constables to determine.

In the interests of reducing bureaucracy, these data are no longer collected and held centrally.