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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) those schemes which have received funding under the Targeted Policing Initiative in the Buckingham constituency, (b) the amount received and (c) the targets set to reduce crime under the schemes. 
Mr. Denham: There is no Home Office or Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidance on this matter. The equine training standards adopted by police forces are that the horses should not be tethered by the reins.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications submitted to the CICA/CICB on behalf of children who have been victims of sexual abuse in each of the last five years have been successful, broken down by nation and region; 
Hilary Benn: The readily available information, which has been provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, is summarised in the following table. The awards resolved in any given year do not necessarily relate to the applications received in that year.
|Number of Applications Received|
|Total for Great Britain||5,164||4,887||5,056||4,607||4,606|
|Resolution of Applications|
|Total for Great Britain||3,189||4,113||3,861||3,578||3,678|
|Total for Great Britain||795||1,287||1,382||1,254||1,229|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if it is the policy of the CICA/CICB to retain records of applications and papers submitted in respect of applications on behalf of children until such time as the child would attain the age of majority; 
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Hilary Benn: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) advise that, prior to 4 December 2001, it was the general policy of both CICA and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) to retain papers relating to applications for compensation for six years from the date of the last action on the case. The retention period was then reduced to five years because the increased throughput of resolved cases under the new tariff scheme was creating additional pressures on the available storage space.
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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the (a) total standard spending, (b) special police grants and central support services and (c) capital investment in (i) Merseyside Police, (ii) Greater Manchester Police and (iii) England and Wales in (A) 199798, (B) 199899, (C) 19992000, (D) 200001, (E) 200102 and (F) the projected levels for 200203. 
|Merseyside||Greater Manchester Police||England & Wales|
|TSS||Special Grant(22)||Capital(23)||Total||TSS||Special Grant(22)||Capital(23)||Total||TSS||Special Grant(22)||Capital(23)||Total|
(21) Total Standard Spending figures (TSS) for 2002/03 are not directly comparable with 2001/02 owing to the change in funding arrangement for the National Crime Squad/National Criminal Intelligence Service. On a like-for-like basis the comparable figures for 2001/02 are #247.2million for Merseyside, #395.8million for Greater Manchester Police and #7,613.7million for England & Wales.
(22) Special grant includes Home office Crime Fighting Fund, Rural policing grant, Airwave grant, payments from the DNA programme, National Intelligence Model payments, grant to tackle robbery, Fuel distribution emergency payments, grant to tackle robbery, execution of warrants grant, Beacon scheme payments, grant to tackle street crime and one-off payments of special grant for specific events.
(23) Capital allocations include capital grant and supplementary credit approvals. General capital allocations from 1997/98 to 2000/01 included an element of grant for major capital schemes allocated under the Priority Planning List scheme that has now concluded. The general capital allocation for 2002/03 includes #10million held as a reserve and #20million set aside for the Premises Improvement Fund. All police authorities have been invited to bid for a share of the Fund.
In addition to the above, forces benefited from additional funding for Targeted Policing Initiatives 199798 to 200203. Overall spend for Merseyside was #2.32million, Greater Manchester #1.4million and all England and Wales #29.6million.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 29 April 2002]: I apologise for delay in responding to this Question. The table shows, for 31 March 2002, the total number of police officers for each police authority area in England and Wales.
On 31 March 2002 total police numbers, including secondments to National Crime Squad, National Criminal Intelligence Service and central services in England and Wales were 129,603 an increase of 3,922 or 3.1 per cent. since March 2001. This is a record number of police officers and the largest annual increase in police numbers since March 1976.
The substantial investment we are putting into the police service is delivering the improvements that we promised. We have delivered record numbers of officers ahead of our target of April this year and police strength in March 2002 was only 400 short of the target of 130,000 police officers for 31 March 2003.
A detailed breakdown of police personnel data can be found in Home Office Statistical Bulletin No. 10/02 (''Police Service StrengthEngland and Wales, 31 March 2002'') which was published on 17 September 2002. A copy has been placed in the Library. It can also be found on the internet at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hosbpubs1.
|Government Region||Police force||Strength as at 31 March 2002|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||11,564|
|City of London||764|
|Avon & Somerset(25)||3,096|
|Devon & Cornwall(25)||3,053|
|England & Wales (exc. Secondments)(24)||127,267|
|TOTAL (incl. secondments)(24)||129,603|
(24) Because of rounding, constituent parts may not necessarily sum to the totals.
(25) Forces with record published numbers.
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