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Fiona Mactaggart: All Police forces have a policy for dealing with wildlife crime and the chief constable and police authority are responsible for allocating resources to deliver that policy. The enforcement capability of officers on the ground is supported by the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime; a multi-agency body comprising representatives of all the organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK. In addition, the National Criminal Intelligence Service houses the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit, which supports all forces.
Mr. Charles Clarke: Further to a previous reply, we are currently analysing the proposals put forward to ensure that we understand fully the real costs of change and the future benefits. Until that analysis is complete, I am not prepared to comment further on the likely costs.
19. Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from the Association of Police Authorities about the merger of police forces. 
Hazel Blears: The Home Secretary has received a number of representations from the APA both in writing and in person on the review of police force structures. The issues raised by the APA are important and will continue to be considered carefully in the light of the proposals we have received from police forces and authorities and as we move into the implementation phase of the review. The APA has been and will continue to be fully involved in our deliberations.
Mr. Charles Clarke: As part of developing options for change forces and authorities were asked to consult with all relevant local stakeholders including local communities so as to ensure their views were taken into consideration. There will also be further consultation at a national and local level as the final proposals for change in each region become clear.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of policing per head of population in Surrey in (a) 199798 and (b) 200506, broken down by (i) council tax, (ii) police grant, (iii) national business rates, (iv) revenue support grant and (v) other funding sources. 
Hazel Blears: The information is set out in the table. The figures are not directly comparable because in April 2000 the area covered by the Surrey police authority was increased as a result of a boundary change with the Metropolitan Police area.
We do not distribute grant to police authorities purely on the basis of population. The police funding formula uses a range of socio-demographic data to reflect reasonably the relative needs of each authority. Grant allocations take into account the relative resources of each authority. They are also adjusted to limit year-on-year variations.
|(i)||Council tax per head of population||19.51||69.33|
|(ii)||Home Office police grant per head of population||57.80||54.29|
|(iii)||National non domestic rates per head of population||19.72||16.25|
|(iv)||Revenue support grant per head of population||20.01||15.39|
|(v)||Other funding sources per head of population(62)||3.09||12.28|
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the tendering process which led to the drug testing equipment being supplied to the police by Cozart Bioscience Ltd. was. 
The Department tendered for the provision of drug testing equipment to the police by issuing an advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in 2003. Interested companies
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were short-listed against the criteria specified in the OJEU advertisement, with the contract being awarded to Cozart Bioscience Ltd.
Paul Goggins: The Cozart drug testing equipment was assessed against the criteria specified in the procurement notice advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union in 2003. In accordance with contractual arrangements, the Home Office monitors the performance of the equipment provided by Cozart Bioscience Ltd.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there have been in (a) Ruislip-Northwood constituency and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997. 
Hazel Blears: Data on police officers are not collected centrally at constituency level. Data for the number of police officers in the London borough of Hillingdon is provided in the following table. Data are available only from 200001 onwards.
|As at 31 March||Full-time equivalent|
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Ruislip-Northwood constituency and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon; and what assessment he has made of their impact on (i) crime and (ii) antisocial behaviour. 
Hazel Blears: As at 30 June 2005, there were 56 community support officers (CSOs) assigned to Hillingdon. Data on CSOs is not available for constituencies. The allocation of CSOs to individual Borough Operational Command Units is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
Initial findings from the Home Office evaluation on CSOs, published on the Home Office website (http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publication/community-policing/) on 28 October 2005 confirm that CSOs are providing a valuable service to the police and public alike in terms of visibility and a reassurance presence in the community. They are being used to tackle low level crime and antisocial behaviour as well as youth disorder and alcohol-related issues. I have no information specifically about the impact of CSOs in Hillingdon.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list police buildings which operate under private finance initiative contracts; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: The following list shows all grant supported police private finance initiatives (PFI) projects which are in operation or under construction. Information is not held on any PFI projects developed without grant support.
|Police Force||PFI Project|
|Cheshire||Centralised Custody Suites|
|GMP||Property ReviewDivisional/Sub Divisional HQ and Police Stations|
|Cumbria||Workington Police Station|
|Derbyshire||Ilkeston Police Station|
|Derbyshire||Divisional HQ and City Police Station|
|Dorset||Divisional HQ and 3 New Police Stations|
|Dyfed Powys||Ammanford Police Station|
|Gwent||Ystrad Mynach Police Station|
|N Wales||Divisional HQ and Major Incident Unit|
|Norfolk||HQ, Operations and Communications Centre|
|Notts||Traffic Wing and Vehicles Services|
|Sussex||Centralised Custody Suites|
|TVP||Abingdon Area Divisional HQ|
|Wiltshire||Divisional HQ and Satellite Facilities|
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to process Police Community Volunteer applications in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England was in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by constabulary. 
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure that the extra costs of police forces with relatively large budgets which are merged with police forces with smaller budgets will not be met by council tax payers; what transitional financial arrangements he proposes to introduce; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: The Government will be considering grant arrangements for police authorities in the light of changes to police authority boundaries and in the way the new larger authorities might operate.
My Department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Welsh Assembly Government, Her Majesty's Treasury and police representative bodies are currently participating in examining the financial aspects of reorganisation, including the impact of restructuring on budgets, grant and council tax.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has had discussions with police authorities on the suspension of further appointments to high level vacancies in police forces, subject to their possible restructuring. 
Hazel Blears: I have had no specific discussions with police authorities on this matter. However, in his capacity as chair of the Senior Appointments Panel Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), recently wrote to police authorities addressing the implications of HMIC's Closing the Gap" report on the current structure of policing.
Reflecting the views of the Senior Appointments Panel, the letter advised police authorities that, except where specific approval had already been granted, the common sense approach would be not to proceed with existing or future plans to recruit new chief constables during the restructuring process. Where police authorities wished to recruit deputy or assistant chief constables, the panel would exercise its professional judgement on a case by case basis and decide whether or not there was merit in filling the post at that point in time.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police hours were worked (a) in total and (b) per police officer in post (i) in the period immediately before the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on policing and (ii) in the period following that date. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police authority area in England and Wales in each of the last 20 years, grouped according to region and listed in descending order according to the percentage change over that period. 
|Police force||March 1985||March 1986||March 1987||March 1988||March 1989||March 1990||March 1991||March 1992|
|London, City of||789||774||771||787||801||799||813||808|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,722||2,739||2,774||2,787||2,849||2,852||2,873||2,898|
|Avon and Somerset||2,982||2,958||3,009||3,013||3,014||3,094||3,092||3,081|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Police force||March 1993||March 1994||March 1995||March 1996||March 1997||March 1998||March 1999|
|London, City of||825||893||885||869||859||825||778|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,910||2,914||2,877||2,899||2,865||2,962||2,887|
|Avon and Somerset||3,068||3,033||3,000||2,981||2,989||2,976||2,999|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Police force||March 2000||March 2001||March 2002||March 2003||March 2004||March 2005||Percentage change|
|London, City of||732||703||764||808||853||876||11|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,841||2,934||3,053||3,202||3,298||3,369||24|
|Avon and Somerset||2,934||2,960||3,096||3,149||3,401||3,384||13|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff to the police there are in (i) each of the English regions and (ii) Wales. 
|English Government office regions and Wales||Police officers||Police officers less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave(66)||Police staff||Police staff less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave(66)|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||12,790||12,669||6,706||6,650|
|London, City of||881||876||298||298|
|Avon and Somerset||3,398||3,384||2,005||1,984|
|Devon and Cornwall||3,399||3,369||2,034||2,007|
|Total of all 43 forces||141,060||139,495||71,207||70,032|
|National Crime Squad (NCS)||1,059||1,059||674||674|
|National Crime Intelligence Squad (NCIS)||121||121||121||121|
|Central Service Secondments||555||555|||||
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a conviction for the (a) use of and (b) possession of cocaine while a teenager continues to disqualify a person from successfully applying to become a police officer in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Guidance is provided in HOC 54/2003. Forces are advised that convictions which will lead to rejection unless there are exceptionally compelling circumstances include serious involvement in drugs including possession of a Class A drug or more than one Class B drug and/or supplying drugs of any kind.
However, any offence committed as an adult or a juvenile which results in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences
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served at a young offenders' institution or community home) will lead to rejection unless there are exceptionally compelling circumstances.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time has been in each of the last five years between police recruits applying to and starting training in the Thames Valley Police Force, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnic origin. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on charging the organisers for policing of events which do not fall within his definition of normal policing which (a) are and (b) are not organised with the intention of making a profit; what his definition is of normal policing for this purpose; and what events which do not constitute normal policing are taken into account in determining his Department's financial support for police forces. 
Hazel Blears: Section 25 of the Police Act 1996 enables Chief Officers of Police to provide special police services upon request and in return for payment at a rate set by the police authority. Home Office guidance is that where the police charge for special services arrangements should be made for full recovery of costs, but authorities may decide to recover a lesser amount.
Where a force has to meet an exceptional level of expenditure that affects its financial position to the extent that normal operational policing is at risk, the Authority can make a special grant request to the Home Secretary. In such circumstances the approval of such a grant is entirely at the discretion of the Home Secretary.
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