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Police: Reorganisation

Volume 688: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 January (WA 35–6), what criteria were used in compensating police authorities for expenditure on the Government's police merger plans, now largely dropped, whereby some authorities were compensated in full, but others received smaller sums down to 20 per cent of their expenditure. [HL1349]

An upper limit of £100,000 was set to ensure that the total amount paid to police authorities was affordable from available funds, and that it would provide a threshold under which the majority of forces could expect to be fully reimbursed for their additional costs on this work. Two criteria were employed in exception to this. The first was for those which incurred costs through undertaking work on behalf of a group of forces and police authorities. The second was specific to Lancashire and Cumbria police authorities which were voluntarily undertaking a pilot merger, which was then abandoned.