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National Police Plan

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that crimes against children are included in the list of police priorities in the national police plan. [112630]

Mr. McNulty: Strategic priorities for the police service in England and Wales are set by the Home Secretary and published annually in the National Community Safety Plan www.crimereduction/gov/uk/ncsp. The current priorities do include the tackling of both serious crime and antisocial behaviour of which children are among the victims. Explicit reference is made in the National Community Safety Plan to the need to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-departmental public
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bodies are sponsored by his Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget was of each body in the most recent year for which figures are available. [116770]

Mr. Byrne: Non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Home Office, their function and the budget for each body are published as at 31 March of each year and published on the Cabinet Office website www.Cabinetoffice.gov.uk; under public appointments titled public bodies (relevant year).

This publication is available to the public.

Passports

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the information gathered for a passport application. [112320]

John Reid: There are no changes currently planned in the information to be provided by applicants that will, subsequently, be held on records of the Identity and Passport Service. Later this year, the IPS will gather limited additional information on first time applicants to form the basis of interviews to confirm identity and to protect applicants against identity theft. This additional information will not be held on IPS records after the passport is issued.

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information was required for the processing of a passport application in May 1997; what information is required now; and when each change to the information required was introduced. [112322]

John Reid: The standard application form in May 1997 sought the following information:

The changes to the information required since 1997 are as follows:

March 2002

December 2003

January 2005


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November 2005

November 2005

January 2006

The Identity and Passport Service may ask applicants to provide additional information in some cases where identity or nationality cannot be confirmed from the information given on the form.

Police

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fully trained police
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officers were employed specifically in child protection work in each police force in England and Wales in each of the last four years. [117709]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 30 January 2007]: The number of police officers employed specifically in child protection work is not collected centrally and is an operational matter for involved police forces and their child protection partners.

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the strength was of each police force in each of the last 10 years. [117748]

Mr. McNulty: Over the last 10 years the overall police strength within England and Wales has increased by approximately 10.4 per cent. The available data are given in the table.


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Police officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006
As at 31 March each year:
Police force 1997( 3) 1998 1999 2000 2001( 4) 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Avon and Somerset

2,989

2,976

2,999

2,934

2,994

3,096

3,149

3,401

3,384

3,389

Bedfordshire

1,094

1,079

1,041

1,028

1,036

1,069

1,106

1,181

1,215

1,198

Cambridgeshire

1,302

1,291

1,274

1,237

1,296

1,362

1,384

1,400

1,402

1,430

Cheshire

2,046

2,042

2,071

2,011

2,002

2,059

2,119

2,177

2,186

2,174

Cleveland

1,459

1,483

1,416

1,404

1,407

1,461

1,582

1,687

1,676

1,677

Cumbria

1,144

1,164

1,126

1,084

1,048

1,100

1,140

1,222

1,232

1,230

Derbyshire

1,791

1,772

1,759

1,777

1,823

1,848

2,003

2,070

2,070

2,046

Devon and Cornwall

2,865

2,962

2,887

2,841

2,934

3,053

3,202

3,283

3,369

3,493

Dorset

1,284

1,310

1,279

1,306

1,354

1,381

1,416

1,433

1,450

1,485

Durham

1,461

1,515

1,568

1,558

1,595

1,614

1,651

1,685

1,718

1,699

Essex

2,961

2,928

2,891

2,806

2,897

2,946

2,989

3,098

3,190

3,279

Gloucestershire

1,133

1,104

1,104

1,114

1,173

1,183

1,227

1,284

1,291

1,289

Greater Manchester

6,922

6,949

6,810

6,795

6,909

7,217

7,343

8,042

8,041

7,959

Hampshire

3,452

3,490

3,473

3,419

3,438

3,480

3,668

3,706

3,725

3,707

Hertfordshire

1,759

1,740

1,724

1,767

1,922

1,825

1,957

2,086

2,104

2,126

Humberside

2,045

2,021

1,974

1,932

1,917

2,058

2,105

2,213

2,230

2,224

Kent

3,260

3,251

3,201

3,204

3,319

3,355

3,487

3,576

3,586

3,599

Lancashire

3,248

3,257

3,245

3,179

3,255

3,304

3,339

3,550

3,551

3,583

Leicestershire

1,949

1,983

1,993

1,993

2,032

2,100

2,114

2,277

2,283

2,250

Lincolnshire

1,196

1,191

1,140

1,115

1,202

1,198

1,221

1,228

1,221

1,213

London, City of

859

825

778

732

703

764

808

853

876

869

Merseyside

4,230

4,216

4,211

4,085

4,081

4,125

4,099

4,122

4,317

4,269

Metropolitan Police

26,677

26,094

26.073

25,485

24,878

26,223

27,984

29,735

30,710

30,536

Norfolk

1,432

1,430

1,381

1,381

1,420

1,468

1,499

1,510

1,544

1,557

Northamptonshire

1,177

1,169

1,137

1,117

1,157

1,214

1,210

1,239

1,267

1,317

Northumbria

3,677

3,769

3,840

3,788

3,857

3,929

3,943

4,040

4,048

3,983

North Yorkshire

1,338

1,367

1,337

1,283

1,305

1,417

1,444

1,529

1,543

1,636

Nottinghamshire

2,323

2,323

2,225

2,204

2,275

2,330

2,411

2,484

2,502

2,477

South Yorkshire

3,159

3,182

3,168

3,163

3,197

3,199

3,183

3,279

3,265

3,255

Staffordshire

2,211

2,292

2,238

2,170

2,129

2,133

2,202

2,266

2,280

2,272

Suffolk

1,174

1,186

1,190

1,145

1,133

1,203

1,253

1,304

1,313

1,300

Surrey

1,620

1,608

1,662

1,785

2,066

1,992

1,906

1,913

1,915

1,922

Sussex

3,085

2,996

2,847

2,822

2,855

2,893

2,989

3,039

3,044

3,092

Thames Valley

3,695

3,776

3,748

3,740

3,703

3,762

3,833

4,034

4,114

4,229

Warwickshire

926

924

908

900

926

969

997

1,008

1,011

1,032

West Mercia

2,040

2,010

2,025

1,887

1,951

2,018

2,256

2,355

2,367

2,351

West Midlands

7,113

7,156

7,321

7,194

7,423

7,681

7,751

7,887

8,056

8,097

West Yorkshire

5,209

5,155

4,982

4,822

4,815

4,889

5,029

5,275

5,631

5,644

Wiltshire

1,154

1,156

1,151

1,118

1,120

1,157

1,158

1,217

1,222

1,219

Dyfed-Powys

1,005

1,002

1,026

1,040

1,055

1,132

1,149

1,160

1,174

1,182

Gwent

1,243

1,233

1,247

1,264

1,274

1,333

1,341

1,372

1,438

1,467

North Wales

1,369

1,396

1,391

1,403

1,444

1,506

1,539

1,603

1,652

1,617

South Wales

2,976

2,986

2,981

2,926

3,154

3,222

3,239

3,279

3,281

3,263

Total England and Wales

125,051

124,756

123,841

121,956

123,476

127,267

131,426

137,105

139,495

139,633

(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(3) Boundary changes on 1 April 1996 transferred resources for the policing of the Rhmney Valley from South Wales police to Gwent police.
(4 )Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.

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