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Parliament Square: Demonstrations

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with police about demonstrations associated with Comic Relief and Red Nose Day within the exclusion zone around Parliament designated by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. [126516]

John Reid: The Metropolitan police are aware of one planned charity event within the designated area on 10 March.

Police

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of frontline duties he uses in reference to police work. [121760]

Mr. McNulty: Frontline policing is measured using the Frontline Policing Measure, which is based on the proportion of police officers engaged in frontline activities. It is calculated using a combination of role codes and activity analysis.

The Frontline Policing Measure is not a measure of visibility. It measures time spent carrying out core policing duties. Examples of roles considered as front line include: Burglary, CID, Firearms, Community Safety, Dogs, Drugs, Foot/Car/Beat Patrol, Hate Crime, Mounted Police, Special Branch, Marine, Air, Underwater, and Vice.

CID, Foot/Car/Beat Patrol and Traffic are also subject to activity analysis to determine more accurately the proportion of officer time spent on frontline activities within those roles. Examples of frontline activity include dealing with incidents, visible patrol, searches, dealing with informants, interviewing suspects and special operations.

Full details of the formula used to calculated the measure and complete lists of frontline roles and activities are contained in the “Guidance on Statutory Performance Indicators for Policing 2006/07”, published by the Police Standards Unit and available at:

Copies of this guidance will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely change in service provision resulting from the recent changes in the level of resources made available to some police forces. [126304]

Mr. McNulty: We have delivered a fair funding settlement for the police service in England and Wales in 2007-08. Each police authority will receive an increase in general grant of 3.6 per cent., higher than the 3.1 per cent. increase this year and above inflation. On top of general grant, each police authority will receive a range of other Government funding, including specific grants and capital provision.

Additionally, we have responded to the police service’s call for greater funding flexibility to enable them to get the workforce mix right locally. We will expect the police to continue to make substantial and sustained efficiency savings.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have acting chief constables; and if he will make a statement. [127423]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 12 March 2007]: There are currently acting chief constables in Thames Valley, Lancashire, Durham, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Sussex.

The acting chief constable of Thames Valley has been appointed substantively and will take up the post on 1 April. The respective police authorities will hold interviews later this month to fill the posts in Lancashire and Durham, and interviews for the North Yorkshire post will be held in mid-April. The posts in Staffordshire and Sussex will be filled substantively later this year.

Police: Biometrics

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the Police Information Technology Organisation biometrics technology roadmap. [126430]


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John Reid: Copies of the paper titled “Identification Roadmap 2005-20”, subtitled “Biometrics Technology Roadmap for Person Identification within the Police Service” prepared by the Police Information Technology Organisation were placed in the Library in 2005. The Commons Library references are as follows: DEP-05/1184 and MGP05/1884.

Police: Compensation

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in compensation to (a) convicted criminals and (b) unconvicted police suspects by (i) each police constabulary, (ii) the Prison Service for England and Wales and (iii) the Scottish Prison Service in each year between 1997 and 2006. [122383]

Mr. McNulty: Information is not held centrally on compensation payments by each police constabulary to convicted criminals or unconvicted police suspects in England and Wales and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Compensation payments made to prisoners in England and Wales are not broken down by the convicted or unconvicted status of the prisoner. Such a breakdown could again be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Scottish Prison Service is the responsibility of the Scottish Executive.

Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) suspended from duty and (b) fired in the last year for which figures are available. [121912]

Mr. McNulty: The collection and publication of the police complaints and discipline figures is the statutory responsibility of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex. [125451]

Mr. McNulty: Police officer strength data are not centrally collected at the borough level therefore figures for Eastbourne are not available. Police officer strength data are not centrally collected at the county level, therefore figures for East Sussex are not available. Police officer strength data are collected at the force Basic Command Unit (BCU) level, therefore data for Sussex Police BCUs are given in the following table.


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Police officer strength (FTE)( 1) by Sussex police basic command units as at 31 March 2006
Police force: Sussex
Basic command unit Police officers

Brighton and Hove

490

East Downs

378

Hastings and Rother

312

North Downs

389

West Downs

548

Gatwick

161

Central services

849

Total

3,127

(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

Police: Employment

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) work part-time and (b) have secondary employment outside the police. [121910]

Mr. McNulty: The number of police officers who worked part-time is shown in the following table. The Home Office does not collect information on the number of police officers who have secondary employment outside of the police force. The decision to grant officers permission to have secondary employment is determined by the chief officer.


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Part-time police officer strength by gender as at 31 March 2006
Headcount( 1)
Female Male

Avon and Somerset

137

11

Bedfordshire

47

3

Cambridgeshire

34

2

Cheshire

77

0

Cleveland

55

3

Cumbria

67

5

Derbyshire

85

9

Devon and Cornwall

180

19

Dorset

80

4

Durham

46

3

Dyfed-Powys

50

7

Essex

119

38

Gloucestershire

84

7

Greater Manchester

211

11

Gwent

48

4

Hampshire

151

9

Hertfordshire

102

8

Humberside

101

4

Kent

151

15

Lancashire

122

8

Leicestershire

63

10

Lincolnshire

28

4

London, City of

17

3

Merseyside

101

10

Metropolitan Police

956

122

Norfolk

76

4

Northamptonshire

66

15

Northumbria

126

8

North Wales

36

1

North Yorkshire

45

1

Nottinghamshire

96

8

South Wales

92

2

South Yorkshire

104

7

Staffordshire

106

3

Suffolk

69

7

Surrey

74

6

Sussex(2)

177

n/a

Thames Valley

140

21

Warwickshire

31

0

West Mercia

84

4

West Midlands

339

25

West Yorkshire

224

16

Wiltshire

57

7

(1) Headcount figures relate to the total number of individuals employed by the police including those on long-term or other absence.
(2) Breakdown of data is not available for male officers in Sussex, the total headcount is 2,404 officers.

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