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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each London borough police officers, what the (a) establishment, (b) current number in post and (c) number on sickness absence and recuperative duties is; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: Data provided by the Metropolitan police on police officer numbers and budgeted workforce totals for each London Operational Command Unit at 31 March 2005, is shown in the following table. We do not hold comparable data on the number of officers in each operational command unit on sick leave or on recuperative duties.
|Budgeted workforce total||Strength|
|BS||Kensington and Chelsea||553.00||555.59|
|FH||Hammersmith and Fulham||523.00||522.15|
|KG||Barking and Dagenham||413.00||418.48|
|TW||Richmond upon Thames||285.00||284.00|
|VK||Kingston upon Thames||276.00||292.79|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for each London borough by each rank up to chief inspector, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of police officers are aged (i) over 40, (ii) over 45 and (iii) over 50; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many detectives in each London borough Metropolitan Police Service are in post; at what rank; how many hold (a) temporary, (b) acting and (c) trainees positions; how many have held that rank for less than two years; what the establishment is for each detective rank; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: The information requested is not centrally collected. The deployment of officers and police staff to borough operational command units is a matter for the commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the (a) Chief Constable and (b) Police Authority in Gloucestershire regarding structural re-organisation. 
At the Association of Chief Police Officers' conference on 19 May, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary made it clear that he did not believe that the current structure of 43 forces was the most efficient and effective arrangement for organising policing in England and Wales. He also made clear that he had no blueprint for force amalgamations, but that the initiative for such amalgamations should ideally be driven locally. To inform the way forward, the Home Secretary has commissioned Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to examine the issue of force structures. As well as looking at the case for structural changes, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary will also be examining the case for greater collaboration and co-operation between forces. Following the Home Secretary's speech, the chairman of the Gloucestershire
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Police Authority raised the matter of force amalgamations with the Home Office Director of Policing Policy who relayed to the Chairman the position as set out above.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made against police officers in each year since 1997 in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; and what action has been taken against the officers concerned. 
Hazel Blears: The chief constable has responsibility for the day to day operational management of the force. I will ensure that he receives a copy of the question and replies to you directly in response to your concerns.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that performance related pay for superintendents and chief
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superintendents reflects the (a) demands on, and (b) resources available to, the officer concerned; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: Performance-related pay for superintending ranks was introduced in September 2004 by mutual agreement. Both the official and staff sides are committed to its success and ensuring it is applied fairly and consistently. The operation of the scheme is being reviewed through the Police Negotiating Board.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 518W, on police precepts, if he will provide figures per capita of the population for each police authority in each year from 199798 to 200506. 
Hazel Blears [holding answer 21 June 2005]: The information is set out in the following table.
|Precept per head of population|
|Avon and Somerset||17.47||18.56||20.68||23.12||24.93||28.73||39.52||44.51||46.62|
|Devon and Cornwall||17.06||16.73||18.61||20.64||21.76||25.97||36.89||41.35||43.77|
Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were purchased by police forces in England and Wales in the financial years 2001 to 2005; and how many, and what proportion of those were assembled in the UK. 
Hazel Blears: This information is not held centrally. Decisions regarding procurement are operational matters for the Chief Constable and Police Authority.
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