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Mr. Martyn Jones:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis was for the
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allocation of funding for security at the ports of Holyhead and Mostyn in North Wales for (a) 200506 and (b) 200708. 
Mr. McNulty: All decisions relating to the allocation of funding of security at ports, including Holyhead and Mostyn, are taken in conjunction with the appropriate security authorities, ensuring that all relevant factors are taken into account.
Following consultation and widespread support we have consolidated from 200607 a range of financial provisions previously made for Counter Terrorism (CT) policing. This includes provision for Dedicated Security Posts (DSP) previously included in the general grant formula. North Wales will receive £3.7 million in DSP funding next year and will be able to bid for further CT funding from a £64 million pot that will be allocated on advice from the Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Hazel Blears: The information requested for police officers is available from the 'Police Service Strength publication as at 31 March 2005'. This report was published on 25 July 2005 and is available in the Library of the House and on:www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/hosb1205.pdf
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the planned funding levels are for (a) Derbyshire, (b) Leicestershire, (c) Nottinghamshire, (d) Lincolnshire and (e) Northamptonshire police forces for (i) 200607, (ii) 200708 and (iii) 200809. 
|Police authority||Formula grant allocation 200607||Amending report receipts/ payments 200405||Amending report receipts/ payments 200506||Allocation net of amending reports/ receipts/ payments 200607||Formula grant allocation 200708||Special formula grant(11), specific grants and capital provision 200607||Special formula grant(11), specific grants(12)(5509130013) and capital provision 200708||Total grants 200607||Total grants 200708|
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police per head of population there are in (a) England and Wales, (b) Avon and Somerset police constabulary, (c) Taunton Deane, West Somerset and Sedgemoor Basic Command Unit and (d) Taunton constituency. 
The available data for the number of police officers per head of population in each BCU level in Avon and Somerset are provided in the table. Deployment of police officers in Avon and Somerset to basic command units is an operational matter for the chief constable.
|Male police officers||Female police officers||Total police officers|
|England and Wales||210||57||267|
|Avon and Somerset||182||43||225|
|Basic Command Unit1|
|Bath and North East Somerset||||||130|
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he estimates the set-up costs of the new Yorkshire and Humberside police force will be; and from what main areas he expects the projected savings to come. 
Hazel Blears: The cost of the proposed reorganisation of North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Humberside police is currently estimated at £39 million. Long-term savings made possible by the merger are estimated at around £18 million per annum. The precise projected level of these costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place. We have agreed to meet 100 per cent. of reasonable set up revenue and capital costs, net of reasonable savings.
The main projected savings will come from ongoing reductions in police authorities, command teams from four to one, savings in staff through redeployment and some natural wastage and economies of scale in administrative functions.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether additional funding will be available in police budgets for 200607 for the merging of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire police forces. 
We are committed to paying 100 per cent. of reasonable set up revenue and capital costs of restructuring, net of reasonable savings. The precise projected level of these costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place.
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Hazel Blears: An order made under section 32 of the Police Act 1996 amalgamating the Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire police areas would provide for the establishment of a combined police authority. We have asked the existing police authorities to submit proposals as to the number of members to be appointed to the combined police authority and have indicated that we are ready to provide, for a transitional period, for a slightly larger authority than would be appropriate in the longer term. After the transitional period (which is expected to be for two years) the expectation would be that most police authorities would have no more than 23 members, although a higher number may be appropriate in the case of a new Yorkshire-wide police authority given to need to ensure that all upper tier local authorities in the region have at least one seat on the police authority. From 1 April 2008, when the new force would be established, the combined police authority would have the same duties and responsibilities as existing police authorities with the addition of the new functions provided for in schedule 2 to the Police and Justice Bill.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the additional costs to individual police force budgets of merging the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire police forces. 
Hazel Blears: The estimated cost of the proposed restructuring in order to improve procedure service of the five East Midlands police forces is £77 million. We will pay 100 per cent. of reasonable set up revenue and capital costs, net of reasonable savings. The precise projected level of costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place.
Hazel Blears: The estimated set-up costs of a strategic police force for Wales is £35 million. We are committed to paying 100 per cent. of reasonable set-up revenue and capital costs, net of reasonable savings. The precise projected level of these costs and savings is a matter for negotiations currently taking place.
The proposed merger of police forces into new strategic forces addresses an identified weakness in current provision and is intended to strengthen forces' ability to deliver protective services to the public. Decisions about future posts will be for the new strategic forces management teams to determine. The transfer of officers and staff to new strategic forces
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will be governed by existing regulations and terms and conditions and, with regard to police staff, by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations).
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