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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total revenue raised from police precepts was in each police authority in England and Wales for each year from 199798 to 200506. 
|Avon and Somerset||25.6||27.2||30.6||34.4||37.4|
|Devon and Cornwall||26.3||25.8||28.9||32.2||34.2|
|Avon and Somerset||43.4||58.6||66.3||70.3|
|Devon and Cornwall||41.2||58.2||65.8||70.1|
Hazel Blears [holding answer 25 May 2005]: The number of police officers in Hertfordshire Constabulary stood at 2,135 on 30 September 2004. This is a record figure and represents a steady increase since March 2002. Since 2000 we have provided money for additional recruits under the Crime Fighting Fund, which in Hertfordshire's case stands at 113 officers. Any further increases are a matter for the Chief Constable and the police authority. In addition, Hertfordshire Constabulary had 99 community support officers at the end of March, an increase of 53 on 12 months earlier.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of employing a (a) community warden or neighbourhood warden, (b) police community support officer and (c) police constable in England is expected to be in 200506. 
Records of the average cost to local police forces of employing neighbourhood wardens, community support officers (CSOs) and police constables are not kept centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, information available to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister indicates that neighbourhood warden salaries in 2003 ranged, on average, between about £13,900 and £15,600. The interim report of the National Evaluation of Community Support Officers published in December 2004 (available at www.policereform.gov.uk) found that, of the forces surveyed, the minimum pay point, excluding allowances, for CSOs ranged nationally from £14,094 to £19,626 and the maximum ranged from £15,408 to £25,356. The pay scales for police constables range from £19,803 for a newly recruited officer, rising to £31,092 for a constable with 11 years service. Additional allowances may be payable such as a
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competence-related threshold payment, London weighting, London allowance, special priority payments.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police investigations are ongoing into allegations of electoral fraud involving postal votes; and what the outcome has been of each completed police investigation into allegations of electoral fraud involving postal votes since 1997. 
Hazel Blears: One case of alleged electoral fraud involving postal votes is under investigation. Five other allegations have been investigated and are not being further pursued. No other information is held centrally.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the Probation Service is asked to issue a report on a person convicted of an offence before that person is sentenced. 
Hazel Blears: It is for the court to request a Pre-Sentence Report from the Probation Service on a person convicted of an offence before sentence. The Probation Service is statutorily obliged to provide a Pre-Sentence Report when the court requests one.
Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has conducted research into the impact on the use of police time of the requirement to make a record of all stop and searches. 
Hazel Blears: We published, The views of the public on the phased implementation of recording police stops" (Home Office Development and Practice report22) and, An evaluation of the phased implementation of the recording of police stops" (Home Office Development and Practice report23), in July 2004. Both reports comment on officers' recording practices, including the time officers spent on recording 'stops' and searches.
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