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the use of designated (police staff) detention officers and investigation officers at police stations to take forward arrest processing and case preparation thereby enabling operational officers to return to front-line duties.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) regulations and (b) guidance documents were issued to police forces in England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
Mr. McNulty: Regulations and guidance relevant to police forces are issued by a variety of Government Departments, statutory bodies (such as Centrex) and non-statutory bodies (such as the Association of Chief Police Officers), and as such the information requested is not held centrally.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) front line police officers and (b) police officers there were in (i) Milton Keynes and (ii) England and Wales in each year from 1995 to 2005. 
Numbers of front line officers quoted are based on counts of officers assigned to roles which are defined as "front line". These are only available for 2002-03 and later years. To avoid imposing an excessive administrative burden on forces, the Home Office does not request these data at Basic Command Unit (BCD) level, so numbers of front line officers are not available for Milton Keynes specifically. They have instead been provided for the relevant force (Thames Valley). Numbers of officers at BCD level are available only from 2002 onwards, as they were not collected by the Home Office's Research, Data and Statistics Directorate before this time; again, where figures for Milton Keynes specifically are not available they have been provided for Thames Valley. It should be noted that non-front line functions include call-centres, training, custody suites and criminal justice units for the processing of cases.
|Milton Keynes( 1)||Thames Valley( 2)||England and Wales( 2)|
|All officers||All officers||Front line officers||All officers||Front line officers|
|(1) FTE strength includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. (2) FTE strength excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters sent by recorded delivery to the Metropolitan Police have been lost by the police and not replied to in each quarter since January 2001. 
John Reid: Home Department total costs are estimated at up to £1.2 million. We have not made estimates of police authority costs. We are aware authorities/forces may approach the Home Office to meet additional costs incurred in preparing for mergers and we will consider any such approaches.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs which have been incurred arising from the proposed merger of Lancashire and Cumbria police forces. 
Mr. McNulty: We have not made estimates. We are aware authorities/forces may approach the Home Office to meet the extra costs they have incurred in preparing for mergers and we will consider any such approaches.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) per 1,000 population and (b) per square mile have been employed in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in each year since 1997. 
|Number of police officers (fte)( 1) per 100,000 population( 2) , by police force (1997-2006)( 3)|
|As at 31 March|
|Police force area||1997( 4)||1998||1999||2000||2001( 5)||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006|
|(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding there may be a discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items. (2) Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan police are combined. (3) Between the years 1997 to 2002 the figures used to calculate the number of officers per 100,000 population excluded those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. From 2003 onwards the figures for police officers include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. (4) Boundary changes on 1 April 1996 transferred resources from the policing of the Rhmney Valley from South Wales police to Gwent police. (5) Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.|
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