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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases were brought by members of the public against the police force for (i) malicious prosecution, (ii) false imprisonment and (iii) assault in each year since 1997; and how much compensation was paid in respect of each case successfully brought. 
Mr. McNulty: Under section 11 of the Police Act 1996 as amended a Police Authority can require a chief officer to retire or resign in the interests of efficiency or effectiveness, provided the police authority has the approval of the Home Secretary. Under section 42 of the Act the Home Secretary can require a police authority to exercise this power.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are trained to handle digital evidence; and how many police officers are (a) serving with computer crime units and (b) have higher level forensic skills. 
Mr. McNulty: All police officers receive basic level training in the handling of digital evidence. The number of police officers serving with computer crime units and who have higher forensic skills is not held centrally.
Mr. McNulty: The information requested is published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series "Police Service Strength, England and Wales." The bulletins are available in the Library of the House, and can be downloaded from the publications link within the Research Development and Statistics directorate website located at:
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what proportion of (a) Government spending and (b) gross domestic product was spent on policing in each year since 1997. 
|Table 1: Government spending on policing|
|Financial year||As a proportion of total general government expenditure( 1)||As a proportion of GDP|
|(1)( )Local and central Government final consumption expenditure for police as a share of total general government final consumption expenditure.|
National Accounts 2007, The Blue Book (Office of National Statistics (ONS)), GDP Deflators at Market Prices, and Money GDP March 2008 (ONS).
(2) what the Band D council tax precept of each police authority in England and Wales is for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and what the average Band D precept for (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) England and Wales is for each of those two years. 
|Police p recept (Band D) set by p olice a uthorities in 2007 - 08 and 2008 - 09|
|Police authority||2007-08 precept (Band D)||2008-09 precept (Band D)|
English Police Authorities - DCLG
Welsh Police Authorities - WAG
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) total direct staff cost, (b) total operational support cost, (c) total business support cost, (d) total cost excluding sustaining overhead was under activity-based costing analysis for providing police assistance for (i) a road traffic accident, (ii) public disorder, (iii) a missing person and (iv) a sudden or suspicious death in each financial year since 2004. 
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the police of (a) protecting (i) the British Royal Family, (ii) foreign royals and Heads of State, (iii) Ministers, (iv) members of foreign governments, (v) other British VIPs and (vi) other foreign VIPs and (b) of anti-terrorism, Special Branch duties and other national policing was under activity-based costing analysis in each financial year since 2004. 
Mr. McNulty: In relation to question (a), the Home Office Dedicated Security Posts (DSP) Grant provides the central contribution to the policing costs for the protection of the Royal Family and VIPs, including visiting VIPs. This annual grant also covers the cost of protecting the residences of the Royal Family and VIPs as well as wider counter terrorism protective security functions including Special Branch policing at ports. The grant is currently allocated based on projected requirements at the beginning of the financial year.
For security reasons, we do not provide a breakdown of this grant in respect of Royalty and VIP protective security functions. This is because to do so could
compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of those concerned.
In relation to question (b), the Government make specific grants to the police in respect of counter terrorism policing in addition to the Dedicated Security Posts (DSP) grant. In the years requested these grants have more than trebled as the following table shows:
|Total (£ million)|
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