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2004-05 2005-06
Force Home Office top-up grant( 4 ) (£) Resident population Funding per head of population (£) Home Office top-up grant( 4 ) (£) Resident population Funding per head of population (£) 2005-06 (Adj)( 5) (£)

Dyfed-Powys

1,409,582

494,122

118.27

1,278,038

498,695

121.54

121.59

Gwent

2,119,011

554,036

142.41

1,189,949

555,300

148.05

147.50

North Wales

1,511,860

668,303

128.66

1,944,415

670,808

132.03

131.67

South Wales

8,683,390

1,202,262

151.12

9,460,540

1,213,188

156.51

156.58

Wales

13,723,843

2,918,723

138.76

13,872,942

2,937,991

143.39

143.23

England and Wales

52,472,667

157.37

52,785,688

163.65

163.65


2006-07
Force Redistribution of grant from South Wales( 3 ) (£) Home Office top-up grant( 4 ) (£) Resident population Funding per head of population (£)

Dyfed-Powys

1,096,290

2,588,267

506,804

126.65

Gwent

1,572,132

1,099,853

563,027

152.96

North Wales

1,545,303

5,636,768

680,508

132.36

South Wales

-4,213,725

1,229,752

159.86

Wales

0

9,324,888

2,980,091

146.63

England and Wales

53,463,197

169.05

(1) Government funding includes general grant (Home Office police grant, ODPM/Welsh Assembly Government revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates). It also includes specific grants: Crime Fighting Fund, Rural Policing Fund, Basic Command Unit funding, Community Support Officer funding (including, for 2004-05 and 2005-06, Round 1 of the Neighbourhood Policing Fund), Airwave, DNA Expansion Programme, Street Crime Initiative, Special Priority Payments and capital grants. (2) Source for resident population figures: Department for Communities and Local Government, and Welsh Assembly Government as used in the calculation of the police funding settlements. (3) South Wales had a reduction in grant provision to ensure it received a comparable general grant increase as police authorities in England. The amount South Wales was deducted (£4.2 million) was paid out to the other three Welsh police authorities. (4) Top-up grant—Welsh Assembly Government does not operate a grant damping mechanism for revenue support grant/national non-domestic rates. The Home Secretary has, since 2003-04, provided additional funding to ensure Welsh police authorities receive at least a minimum floor increase in grant in line with English authorities. (5) Adjusted for comparison purposes following the transfer of pensions and security funding from general grant in 2006-07 and the 2003-04 Amending Report repayments.

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many and what percentage of cases of Police Unsatisfactory Performance Complaints and Misconduct Procedures a dispensation has been (a) sought and (b) granted for delay in accordance with Section II, Appendix B, paragraph 6 of the Guidance on Police Unsatisfactory Performance Complaints and Misconduct Procedures. [103763]

Mr. McNulty: The Independent Police Complaints Commission is responsible for the management of the police complaints system.


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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the areas of London where standard operating procedure for police officers is to patrol (a) in multiples, (b) with protective armour, (c) with special incapacitants and (d) with armed response on-call. [108305]

Mr. McNulty: This is an operational matter and the responsibility of the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis.

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent front-line police officers there were per head of population in each police force in each of the last three years. [108865]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 12 December 2006]: The available data are given in the following table.


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Operational police officer strength( 1) per 100,000 of the population( 2) as at 31 March 2004 to 31 March 2006
2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Avon and Somerset

212

211

213

Bedfordshire

193

192

194

Cambridgeshire

165

163

162

Cheshire

198

194

195

Cleveland

263

257

231

Cumbria

241

244

232

Derbyshire

190

189

190

Devon and Cornwall

191

196

201

Dorset

181

160

186

Durham

257

258

250

Dyfed-Powys

201

196

215

Essex

180

186

192

Gloucestershire

207

207

206

Greater Manchester

298

290

288

Gwent

230

240

244

Hampshire

195

191

189

Hertfordshire

189

195

197

Humberside

232

230

231

Kent

210

198

195

Lancashire

234

235

235

Leicestershire

225

n/a

221

Lincolnshire

173

171

172

London, City of

8,865

9,201

9,210

Merseyside

268

281

276

Metropolitan Police

337

346

331

Norfolk

173

173

175

North Wales

190

n/a

223

North Yorkshire

186

163

200

Northamptonshire

186

191

191

Northumbria

266

279

276

Nottinghamshire

222

228

228

South Wales

247

248

243

South Yorkshire

205

234

237

Staffordshire

195

197

195

Suffolk

186

187

185

Surrey

163

157

155

Sussex

155

186

187

Thames Valley

177

179

178

Warwickshire

172

181

187

West Mercia

188

188

187

West Midlands

281

286

288

West Yorkshire

242

259

261

Wiltshire

181

180

177

n/a = Not available for Leicestershire and North Wales for 2004-05.
(1) Full-time equivalent figures given to the nearest whole number. Includes staff on career breaks or maternity or paternity leave. The number of operational police officers have been provided; the definition of which are as follows:
“Any member of staff, including covert staff, whose primary role is directly to deliver the overarching aims of the Police Service. To ‘directly deliver’ the role must involve routine and immediate interface (either face to face or by telephone) with the public, including covert operational staff in such roles can be considered as front-line service providers.”
(2) Population data are taken from ONS mid-year estimates mid-2002.

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