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Police Stations: Wales

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) maintenance, (b)
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operational, (c) refurbishment and (d) total running costs were for each police station in Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [119904]

Mr. McNulty: The management of the police estate and costs associated with this are matters for each police authority and the chief officer, who are responsible for assessing local needs.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police stations in Wales (a) closed and (b) opened in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [119907]

Mr. McNulty: The management of the police estate and allocation of resources are matters for each police authority and the Chief Officer.

Police: Complaints

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the
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Independent Police Complaints Commission would require an investigation into the conduct of (a) police officers and (b) police employees to be carried out by a police service other than that which employs those subject to investigation; and if he will make a statement. [119502]

Mr. McNulty: This is a matter for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is an independent body established by the Police Reform Act 2002.

Police: East Midlands

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in total Government funding for each of the five East Midlands police forces was over the last three years. [120734]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is set out in the table.

Percentage change in total Government grants for East Midlands police forces 2004-05 to 2006-07
2004-05( 1) 2005-06( 2) 2006-07( 3)
Police authority Total Government grants( 4)( ) (£ million) Annual change in total grants (Percentage) Total Government grants (£ million) Annual change in total grants (Percentage) Adjusted total Government grants( 5)( ) (£ million) Total Government grants (£ million) Annual change in total grants (Percentage)

Derbyshire(6)

111.9

3.0

116.8

4.4

117.1

117.9

0.7

Leicestershire

112.7

3.7

119.3

5.9

119.0

124.6

4.7

Lincolnshire

69.2

3.4

71.9

3.9

71.8

76.2

6.1

Northamptonshire(7, 8)

72.6

1.5

76.6

5.5

76.6

80.2

4.7

Nottinghamshire(7, 6)

141.9

4.3

147

3.6

146.6

146.6

0.0

(1 )2004-05 actual increase in general grant for all police authorities was 3.25 per cent. (2) 2005-06 the minimum increase in general grant for all police authorities was 3.75 per cent. (3) 2006-07 the broadly flat rate increase in general grant for all police authorities was 3.1 per cent. (4) Total Government grant comprises: Home Office Police Grant, Department for Communities and Local Government Revenue Support Grant and National Non-Domestic Rates; Specific Grants: Crime Fighting Fund, Basic Command Unit funding, Community Support Officer funding, Neighbourhood Policing Fund, Rural Policing Fund, Special Priority Payments, Forensic DNA Expansion Grant and Capital Grant. (5) Adjusted for comparison purposes following the transfer of pensions and security funding from general grant in 2006-07. (6) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire's low annual change in total grant increases was due to the change in pension and security funding arrangements in 200607. They are receiving less in pensions grant because they need less. (7) The Police Standards Unit have been working with Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire police forces since spring 2004 on a number of projects to help improve performance. The forces have been provided with £0.8 million (Northants) £0.7 million (Notts) for 2004-05, £1.2 million (Northants) £0.6 million (Notts) for 2005-06 and an estimated £0.5 million (Northants) £0.6 million (Notts) for 2006-07 in project funding. (Included above). (8) Northamptonshire received a large one off payment for Airwave in 2003-04 which reduced their overall funding increase.

Police: Firearms

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many authorised firearms officers were employed in (a) England and Wales and (b) the West Midlands police authority area in each year since 1997. [119880]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 8 February 2007]: The number of authorised firearms officers in police forces in England and Wales since 1996-97 are shown in the following table. Statistics for 2005-06 are likely to be announced in the spring.


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Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs) 1996-97 to 2004-05
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05

Avon and Somerset

165

161

153

150

135

116

84

122

118

Bedfordshire

46

42

50

46

45

48

53

58

56

Cambridgeshire

90

80

80

77

73

56

71

60

60

Cheshire

70

82

70

75

74

81

89

75

76

Cleveland

86

84

78

80

75

85

80

95

100

City of London

88

81

55

73

74

73

72

86

89

Cumbria

108

122

98

98

94

92

87

89

90

Derbyshire

110

100

87

77

81

80

69

70

74

Devon and Cornwall

151

147

82

119

100

108

115

132

123

Dorset

74

72

72

66

67

57

59

60

64

Durham

138

144

96

101

101

36

102

97

103

Essex

228

217

235

228

195

180

184

186

202

Gloucestershire

82

84

79

77

72

71

30

82

93

Greater Manchester

209

182

217

218

240

219

202

205

187

Hampshire

106

112

110

111

100

87

94

94

92

Hertfordshire

42

41

43

52

44

46

47

50

53

Humberside

90

102

102

97

102

96

96

96

101

Kent

150

150

130

136

136

113

93

90

94

Lancashire

132

125

132

143

132

138

129

122

115

Leicestershire

104

94

90

90

85

69

68

51

53

Lincolnshire

82

85

75

78

80

91

87

78

86

Merseyside

147

165

121

96

103

78

84

94

93

Metropolitan

2,035

1,971

1,951

1,977

1,940

1,805

1,823

2,060

2,134

Norfolk

98

102

109

110

114

104

109

114

125

Northamptonshire

92

92

92

75

77

51

56

52

50

Northumbria

173

126

123

114

109

125

99

90

93

North Yorkshire

108

95

83

59

66

66

64

60

56

Nottinghamshire

128

129

120

116

137

136

131

138

138

South Yorkshire

110

108

90

100

98

92

100

98

122

Staffordshire

78

86

92

81

67

71

63

67

76

Suffolk

82

96

101

98

90

90

80

96

88

Surrey

76

61

69

71

72

62

48

53

49

Sussex

180

146

156

131

118

120

141

134

130

Thames Valley

185

194

179

187

185

156

180

172

176

Warwickshire

41

38

44

54

45

50

51

46

53

West Mercia

155

159

139

129

130

125

131

139

141

West Midlands

88

95

92

93

83

111

110

124

134

West Yorkshire

131

114

128

110

117

116

132

140

130

Wiltshire

134

105

88

89

71

71

78

80

74

Dyfed Powys

70

71

67

65

61

77

62

58

79

Gwent

70

59

64

68

66

57

60

71

74

North Wales

72

90

97

92

67

83

75

73

65

South Wales

134

176

169

155

143

138

125

139

134


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