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Counter-Terrorism: Expenditure

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department collects on expenditure by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on work on counter-terrorism, with particular reference to expenditure by ACPO’s Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee on the provision of accommodation in London for use by members of ACPO. (319425)

ACPO (TAM) advises Government on how to tackle serious and ongoing terrorist threats, coordinating the strategic policing response and providing leadership to police forces on national counter-terrorism policing matters. This includes advice to the Home Office on the distribution of Counter-Terrorism Specific Grant funding across the police counter-terrorism network. In addition, ACPO (TAM) has developed a programme management structure to coordinate the delivery of a major national up-lift in the police’s counter-terrorism capability. For 2009-10 the Home Office provided funding totalling £32.8 million to ACPO (TAM) to fulfil this role through the Counter Terrorism Specific Grant for England and Wales.

The growth in counter-terrorism policing work has led to an increase in the number of staff seconded from forces across the UK to ACPO (TAM) headquarters in London. Accommodation for staff on secondment is agreed by ACPO (TAM) with the seconding force, in line with Home Office guidance on conditions of service for police officers on secondment. The total cost of flats in 2009-10 for ACPO (TAM) staff in London was £1.56 million.

The Home Office receives regular management information from ACPO (TAM) including information relating to expenditure by ACPO (TAM) headquarters. The Home Office and ACPO (TAM) work closely on funding matters and will continue to drive value for money improvements in counter-terrorism policing work and to identify any potential efficiencies for 2010-11 and beyond. Furthermore, as a registered company, ACPO’s accounts are subject to audit, which includes whether funds have been used for the purposes intended.