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Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of a fully-trained (a) police constable and (b) police community support officer was in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. McNulty: The average estimated cost of employing a police officer (sergeant and constable) in 2005 was approximately £45,500. This estimate includes all pay-related costs including overtime payments and employer national insurance contributions. It also makes an allowance for notional employer pension contributions.
Salary and other terms and conditions for police community support officers (PCSOs), as with all police (civilian) staff are determined by the respective police authority. We do not routinely maintain data on PCSO salaries. The most recent data we have on PCSO salary costs and allowances is contained in a report by Accenture on terms and conditions for PCSOs, which was published on 3 February. The report provides a range of data on basic pay rates and allowances from 2004-05 paid to PCSOs and an analysis of the variations between forces. The report found that the typical (unweighted) average salary for PCSOs was £17,200 and the average total cash reward (basic salary plus allowances and overtime) was £20,500. The report is available on the Home Office website:
John Reid: As I made clear to the House on 19 June, I do not intend to proceed with enforced mergers of police forces, and I undertook to continue the discussions with the police service to find the best way forward. Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabularys report Closing the Gap made plain deficiencies in the capability and capacity across the country for providing protective services which need to be addressed. The status quo is not an option and it is for this reason that we are now working with police forces, police authorities and HMIC to explore new ways for them to work together to improve those services.
Derek Conway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time stipendiary chaplains are working in the Prison Service in England and Wales; how many are (i) Christian, (ii) Jewish, (iii) Muslim, (iv) Hindu, (v) Sikh, and (vi) of other religions; and what the total cost was to public funds of providing prison chaplaincy services in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table details the number of full and part-time chaplains employed in both public and contracted prisons in England and Wales. The data do not include chaplains who provide services on a sessional basis. The total cost of providing prison chaplaincy services is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Number of full-time and part-time chaplains employed in both public and contracted prisons in England and Wales|
|Full-time( 1, 2)||Part-time( 1, 2)||Unknown work pattern( 3)|
|(1) Information for the public sector Prison Service does not include sessional chaplains. (2) Information for contracted prisons has been obtained from individual contractors. (3) For certain contracted prisons, information on work patterns was not available.|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum capacity is of each (a) closed prison and (b) young offender institution; how many inmates there are in each; and if he will make a statement. 
|Closed adult prisons|
|Prison name||Operational capacity||Population|
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