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Within the Metropolitan Police force area, borough boundaries are coterminous with BCU boundaries with the addition of the Heathrow airport BCU and the Central Services BCU (Central Services does not have a geographic boundary).
|Police staff( 1) strength (FTE)( 2) by Metropolitan Police force basic command unit( 3) , as at 31 March 2006|
|Basic command unit||Police staff|
|(1) Police staff include police community support officers, traffic wardens and designated officers.|
(2) Full-time equivalent figures 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.
(3) In addition to the BCUs which are coterminous with London boroughs, Heathrow airport BCU has 185 staff, and Central Services has 10,640 staff.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1752-3W, on the national identity register, what percentage of the (a) set up and (b) running costs of the national identity scheme will not be funded by fee revenue. 
John Reid: It is intended that the cost of the National Identity Scheme, which includes the National Identity Register, will be primarily funded by fee revenue from the products and services that arise from the scheme.
The schedule of fees for the National Identity Scheme cannot be finalised until (a) contracts with suppliers connected to the operation of the scheme are signed and (b) the schedule of fees are approved by Parliament. Hence, while funding will still come predominantly from fee income, it is not possible to
provide precise details of the proportion of costs that will be not be covered by fee revenue until such issues are finalised.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the net cost of introducing interviews into the passport application process. 
Joan Ryan: The estimated cost of providing and running interview offices for the first year of operation in 2006-07 was published on 21 April 2006 in the Identity and Passport Service Corporate and Business Plan.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to provide ring-fenced funding to police authorities who incur significant costs in the provision of translation and interpretation services; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 March 2007]: The police service in England and Wales has benefited from a significant increase in resources over a sustained period. On a like-for-like basis Government grant and central spending on services for the police will have increased by over 62 per cent. or over £4.2 billion between 2000-01 and 2007-08.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which aspects of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 he plans to review following his announcement on 6 March; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: A written ministerial statement was made on 14 March 2007 announcing the commencement of a public consultation exercise on the Review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984. Copies of the consultation paper have been placed in the Library and can be obtained from:
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 22 March 2007]: It is civil service policy to disclose salary details for senior civil servants at board level only. These are published in the Annual Home Office Resource Accounts. The head of Police Leadership and Powers Unit is not a board level post.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the proportion of time which is spent by police officers on street patrols. 
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2167W, on the age of police recruits, what the average age was of candidates who were appointed as police officers after being successful at the assessment centre stage in each of the years shown. 
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for procurement of counter nuclear, biological and chemical protection and detection equipment in his Department. 
Mr. McNulty: The end to end procurement process for any product involves a number of stages and a number of different units within the Home Office and is carried out in accordance with the relevant legislation and Government procurement guidance. Where, following this process, equipment is centrally procured by the Home Office for use in chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incidents, such procurement is managed by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on behalf of the Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Directorate of the Home Office.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, columns 548-9W, on police: employment, how many police officers worked part-time in (a) 1997 and (b) 1979. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 27 March 2007]: Part-time working in the police service was only introduced in 1992 and then only on an experimental basis. Following successful pilots in six forces part-time working was put on a statutory footing in the Police Regulations 1995.
|Part-time officers by force and gender as at 31 March 1997|
| Source: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate annual returns by police forces.|
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