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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. 
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:
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. 
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 services 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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
|Police officer strength (FTE)( 1) by Sussex police basic command units as at 31 March 2006|
|Police force: Sussex|
|Basic command unit||Police officers|
|(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.|
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.
|Part-time police officer strength by gender as at 31 March 2006|
|(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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