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Essex Constabulary

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) funded and (b) actual police officers were in post in the Essex constabulary on (i) 31 March 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available. [148699]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 6 February 2001]: The information requested has been provided by the chief constable of the Essex police.

Essex police

YearFunded officer numbersActual police numbers
31 March 19972,9442,952
7 February 20012,9552,907

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff were employed by Essex constabulary (a) on 31 March 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. [148701]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 6 February 2001]: On 31 March 1997 the Essex police had 1,199 civilian support staff. This had increased by 273 to 1,472 civilian staff on 30 September 2000. Many of the extra civilian support staff have, I understand, been used to free police officers from paperwork and from jobs that can be as effectively undertaken by civilians.

Endangered Species

Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police units there are in

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the United Kingdom to enforce international obligations on the protection of endangered species; and what budget has been set aside for this purpose in each of the last five years. [147715]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 29 January 2001]: There is, in England and Wales, a network of Police Wildlife Liaison Officers, the vast majority of whom carry out this role in addition to their other police duties and responsibilities.

Six police forces in England and Wales have a full-time Wildlife Liaison Officer. Only a small part of the work of Wildlife Liaison Officers would deal with enforcing international obligations in respect of endangered species.

There are no figures available in respect of the budgetary provision for this work as that is a matter for individual chief officers.

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Police Statistics

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers (a) were recruited to and (b) retired, resigned or were dismissed from each police force and in total between (i) April and September 1999 and (ii) October and March 2000. [148013]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 30 January 2001]: The information in the table sets out the number of officers who were recruited, retired or resigned for the six monthly periods, 1 April 1999 to 30 September 2000 and 1 October 1999 to 31 March 2000. The category for "other wastage" includes death, dismissals and departures for other reasons. Because of the way in which the statistics are collected we are unable to provide a breakdown of each of the sub-categories in the "other wastage" column.

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Police figures in England and Wales

Recruitments Retirements Resignations Other(16)
Police forceSeptember 1999March 2000September 1999March 2000September 1999March 2000September 1999March 2000
Avon and Somerset60444361138417
Bedfordshire37019206562
Cambridgeshire23021164931
Cheshire2511313661124
City of London002093387
Cleveland95929243021
Cumbria15828224534
Derbyshire344514222153
Devon and Cornwall4232565651241
Dorset157222279755
Durham153615176848
Dyfed Powys381617142600
Essex415272271341439
Gloucestershire293023136713
Greater Manchester15912711811723121412
Gwent493329204573
Hampshire619171581715236
Hertfordshire887933341713018
Humberside375438384960
Kent1076743591420713
Lancashire5148443492211
Leicestershire3829212515800
Lincolnshire03426322610
Merseyside392714510748
Metropolitan police566428409406182184124172
Norfolk192419266132
Northamptonshire1189166412
Northumbria873443609191010
North Wales403924250421
North Yorkshire1925265631
Nottinghamshire436134336559
South Wales814383227757
South Yorkshire6761425813987
Staffordshire2112328101361
Suffolk21520175644
Surrey8796272781800
Sussex7031505722251615
Thames Valley8810257522925422
Warwickshire243512137222
West Mercia1324534101021
West Midlands1609590943975281
West Yorkshire160807313211210
Wiltshire209172371810
Total all forces2,4132,1222,0131,916581655360423

(16) "Other" includes death, dismissals and departures for other reasons.


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Police Numbers (North Yorkshire)

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means the increase in the number of police officers in North Yorkshire will be funded. [149453]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 15 February 2001, Official Report, column 174W.

Arrests

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made on average per police officer for each force area in England in each year since 1990. [150104]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information given in the table is for arrests for notifiable offences and for the year 1999-2000 only. Information for earlier years is not available on a consistent basis.

Number of arrests for notifiable offences and average arrests per police officer by police force area in England, 1999-2000

Police force areaTotal arrestsTotal police officers(17)Average arrests
Avon and Somerset21,8562,9347
Bedfordshire13,0111,02813
Cambridgeshire12,4181,23710
Cheshire18,2022,0119
Cleveland20,5211,40415
Cumbria15,5681,08414
Derbyshire18,4991,77710
Devon and Cornwall24,6092,8419
Dorset12,4721,30610
Durham(18)--1,558(18)--
Essex24,4052,8069
Gloucestershire11,3521,11410
Greater Manchester69,3176,79510
Hampshire42,5983,41912
Hertfordshire14,1111,7678
Humberside(18)--1,932(18)--
Kent34,6843,20411
Lancashire37,5353,17912
Leicestershire18,0001,9939
Lincolnshire20,7001,11519
London, City of4,7267326
Merseyside44,3154,08511
Metropolitan police202,21825,4858
Norfolk16,3131,38112
Northamptonshire12,7301,11711
Northumbria47,2953,78812
North Yorkshire20,3531,28316
Nottinghamshire33,0012,20415
South Yorkshire34,7273,16311
Staffordshire(18)--2,170(18)--
Suffolk10,7871,1459
Surrey12,9931,7857
Sussex24,1832,8229
Thames Valley43,6053,74012
Warwickshire8,3769009
West Mercia21,1721,88711
West Midlands78,5927,19411
West Yorkshire44,8004,8229
Wiltshire10,4981,1189

(17) Police officer strength as at 31 March 2000.

(18) Not available


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Police (Immediate Calls)

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan police response vehicles have been involved in accidents while attending immediate response calls, broken down by borough, since September 2000. [150285]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has informed me that the numbers of police response vehicles involved in accidents while attending immediate response calls, broken down by borough, since September 2000 were:

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BoroughSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberTotal
Barking and Dagenham045312
Barnet461314
Bexley32218
Brent834116
Bromley213410
Camden731011
Croydon233210
Ealing622717
Enfield514919
Greenwich21126
Hackney525315
Hammersmith and Fulham23128
Haringey6105425
Harrow12104
Havering12429
Heathrow Airport02002
Hillingdon266115
Hounslow233412
Islington470112
Kensington and Chelsea453113
Kingston-Upon-Thames03126
Lambeth232310
Lewisham215513
Merton12104
Newham163515
Redbridge644620
Richmond-Upon-Thames30205
Southwark345618
Sutton20024
Tower Hamlets365519
Waltham Forest586322
Wandsworth753318
Westminster525214
Metropolitan Police Service1061129692406

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Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, on a borough-by- borough basis, the percentage of immediate calls which were met within the target time for the Metropolitan police since September 2000. [150284]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has informed me that the Metropolitan Police Service's charter standard is to attend 80 per cent. of immediate calls within 12 minutes. The percentage of immediate calls which were met within the target time for the Metropolitan police since September 2000 were:

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Percentage

BoroughSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary
Barking and Dagenham72.680.178.280.274.3
Barnet74.571.270.372.571.7
Bexley79.979.281.584.883.3
Brent70.169.070.270.970.0
Bromley76.278.077.976.476.2
Camden66.566.769.470.169.9
Croydon73.773.672.873.675.2
Ealing79.175.476.783.079.5
Enfield74.674.569.972.377.1
Greenwich69.072.369.272.475.1
Hackney80.984.588.988.285.7
Hammersmith and Fulham84.783.887.387.288.9
Haringey74.574.474.876.479.6
Harrow77.778.780.179.877.2
Havering69.471.871.669.770.5
Heathrow Airport92.989.391.189.194.1
Hillingdon72.470.870.475.277.2
Hounslow74.076.373.976.076.5
Islington70.270.170.972.574.3
Kensington and Chelsea81.882.784.184.083.2
Kingston-Upon-Thames83.783.383.280.585.6
Lambeth74.575.172.676.276.1
Lewisham75.978.577.376.580.1
Merton80.077.777.077.873.6
Newham68.871.370.568.376.3
Redbridge73.470.568.669.673.9
Richmond-Upon-Thames79.679.276.181.181.6
Southwark79.076.778.179.480.9
Sutton84.787.086.486.382.4
Tower Hamlets69.168.968.570.073.0
Waltham Forest73.781.182.280.782.7
Wandsworth81.481.178.482.479.5
Westminster82.684.283.983.685.3

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