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Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to respond to the letter to her dated 8th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Linda James. [231190]

Jacqui Smith: I replied to my right hon. Friend for Manchester, Gorton on 30 October 2008.

Metropolitan Police: Special Constables

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in the Metropolitan Police Authority area in each year since 2004, broken down by police division; and how many special constables there were in (a) the London borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in each year. [231712]

Mr. Coaker: The available data are given in the following table.

Police service strength data are not available by London borough or constituency, and are collected at the police force and Basic Command Unit (BCU) levels only. Within the Metropolitan Police Service area however, the boundaries for boroughs and BCUs are coterminous.

Special Constables (headcount)( 1) in the Metropolitan Police service by Basic Command unit as at 31 March 2004 to 31 March 2008

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Barking and Dagenham

14

10

21

28

53

Barnet

38

35

73

94

124

Bexley

74

81

103

101

89

Brent

29

27

29

19

43

Bromley

12

10

24

47

78

Camden

28

22

52

78

134

Central Services

18

26

35

114

162

City of Westminster

85

81

166

251

256

Croydon

17

14

20

36

67

Ealing

21

14

24

37

78

Enfield

20

17

23

30

64

Greenwich

17

7

42

44

75

Hackney

12

9

19

25

42

Hammersmith and Fulham

20

19

44

58

72

Haringey

13

14

27

43

46

Harrow

13

10

22

52

71

Havering

29

33

41

52

80

Heathrow

7

12

16

17

17

Hillingdon

15

15

22

38

64

Hounslow

18

15

23

21

35

Islington

39

35

32

40

73

Kensington and Chelsea

14

20

37

51

134

Kingston upon Thames

15

13

32

40

63

Lambeth

20

20

35

42

58

Lewisham

13

9

33

42

45

Merton

17

17

21

19

33

Newham

16

15

23

42

66

Redbridge

17

16

34

54

86

Richmond upon Thames

19

17

25

36

43

Southwark

18

9

25

36

52

Sutton

6

4

11

25

29

Tower Hamlets

17

20

34

36

54

Waltham Forest

16

10

19

25

29

Wandsworth

15

21

34

68

95

Metropolitan Police Service

742

697

1,221

1,741

2,510

(1) Special constable figures are given as headcount measures.

Plain English

Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by her Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005. [230614]

Mr. Woolas: The Home Office spend on Plain English Campaign training courses for the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 is as follows.

£

2005-06

20,890.32

2006-07

5,896.03

2007-08

1,527.50


The Home Office holds corporate membership of the Plain English Campaign. It promotes the use of plain English in all replies sent from the Department, and is committed to the use of plain English.

Police: Dorset

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many front line police officers there were in Bournemouth and Poole in each of the last 10 years. [231658]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 30 October 2008]: The number of officers and police staff and their deployment to operational and non-operational activities is a matter for the Chief Constable. The following table sets out the
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number of police officers in the Bournemouth and Poole basic command units for each year since data was first collected.

Bournemouth and Poole Basic Command Units( 1)
As at 31 March each year Bournemouth Poole

2002

296

183

2003

318

180

2004

322

186

2005

317

187

2006

319

176

2007

315

215

2008

317

190

(1) All figures are full-time equivalent strength.

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