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Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers his Department funded in Avon and Somerset in 2006; and how many his Department has committed to fund in 2007. 
Mr. McNulty: In 2006-07 Avon and Somerset will receive funding from the Home Office towards the costs of 342 police community support officers (PCSOs). In 2007-08 we will provide funding towards the continuation cost of these 342 PCSOs, along with a further sum of £465,000 to help the force manage the wider costs of delivering neighbourhood policing.
Mr. McNulty: Once authorised to use less lethal weapons, it is for the individual officer to ensure they act within the law. Under section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967, the use of force for the prevention of crime and apprehension of offenders and those unlawfully at large (both by the police and the public) must be reasonable in all circumstances. It may be for a court to decide whether the officers behaviour was reasonable. Common law also recognises that the use of force may be lawful if it is necessary, for example in self-defence or defence of another.
Mr. McNulty: It is for individual chief constables to decide what less lethal weapons are appropriate in local circumstances. There are two different types of incapacitant sprays being used by police forces in England and Wales: 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS) and pelargonic vanillylamide (PAVA). There are also two different models of conducted energy devices being used as less lethal weapons: the M26 Advanced Taser and the X26 Taser. The police may also use the L60A1 Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) impact round, fired from the L104A1 37 mm weapon. Individual officers may carry batons of various designs.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change was in Band D police precept for each police authority area in each of the last 10 years; and what the actual and percentage change was in each area over the 10 year period, ranked in ascending order of percentage change. 
|Police force costs per head of population 2005-06|
|Estimated net expenditure per head of population|
|Police authority||Total net expenditure 2005-06 estimates( 3 ) (£)||Resident population( 1)||Cost per head of population 2005-06 (£)|
|(1) Resident population are 2003 figures.|
(2) City of London not included as population figures not available.
( 3 ) Source:
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy police statistics (CIPFA).
Stephen Pound: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which places of detention on the prison estate have (a) seconded, (b) designated and (c) appointed a (i) full-time and (ii) part-time foreign national prisoner co-ordinator or equivalent post; and which foreign national prisoner co-ordinators are available to non-governmental organisations working on prisoner welfare matters. 
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