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Chief Constables

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the length of service as chief constable is of each chief constable in England. [28044]

Mr. Denham: The appointment of a chief constable is a matter for decision by the appropriate police authority, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State. In making an appointment, a police authority must adhere to Regulation 13A of the Police Regulations 1995, which provide that appointment as chief constable should be for a minimum period of four years and a maximum period of seven years.

The current position for each force in England is given in the table. In a small number of cases, the appointment pre-dates the introduction of the fixed term regulations on 1 April 1995, and exceeds the current maximum period.

Force Chief ConstableAppointment dateTerm
Avon and SomersetS. C. Pilkington Esq QPMFebruary 19983 years 11 months
Bedfordshire PolicePaul Hancock EsqApril 20019 months
CambridgeshireD. G. Gunn Esq CBE QPMSeptember 19938 years 4 months
Cheshire PoliceN. Burgess Esq QPMOctober 19974 years 3 months
City of London PolicePerry Nove QPMApril 19983 years 9 months
Cleveland PoliceB. D. Shaw Esq QPMAugust 19956 years 5 months
CumbriaMichael BaxterDecember 20011 month
DerbyshireD. Coleman EsqJuly 20001 year 6 months
Devon and CornwallSir John Evans QPMSeptember 198813 years 4 months
Dorset PoliceMrs. Jane Stichbury QPMDecember 19983 years 1 month
DurhamG. E. Hedges QPMAugust 19974 years 5 months
Essex PoliceD. F. Stevens Esq QPMMarch 19983 years 10 months
GloucestershireTimothy Brain EsqMarch 200110 months
Gtr Manchester PoliceD. Wilmot Esq QPMApril 199110 years 9 months
HampshireP. R. Kernaghan Esq QPMMay 19992 years 8 months
HertfordshirePaul Acres Esq QPMFebruary 20001 year 11 months
Humberside PoliceD. Westwood Esq QPMNovember 19983 years 2 months
KentSir David Phillips QPMNovember 19929 years 2 months
LancashireMrs. P Clare QPMMay 19956 years 8 months
LeicestershireD. J. Wyrko Esq QPMApril 19974 years 9 months
Lincolnshire PoliceR. J. N. Childs Esq QPMMarch 19983 years 10 months
Merseyside PoliceN. Bettison Esq QPMNovember 19983 years 2 months
Metropolitan PoliceSir John Stevens QPMFebruary 20001 year 11 months
NorfolkK. R. Williams Esq QPMMay 19938 years 8 months
Northamptonshire PoliceMr. Chris Fox QPMJuly 19965 years 6 months
Northumbria PoliceJ. C. Strachan Esq QPMOctober 19974 years 3 months
North Yorkshire PoliceD. R. Kenworthy Esq QPMOctober 19974 years 3 months
Nottinghamshire PoliceStephen M. Green Esq, QPMFebruary 20001 year 11 months
South Yorkshire PoliceM. I. I. Hedges Esq QPMFebruary 19983 years 11 months
Staffordshire PoliceJ. W. Giffard Esq QPMOctober 19956 years 3 months
SuffolkP. J. Scott-Lee Esq QPMApril 19983 years 9 months
Surrey PoliceDenis O'Connor CBE, QPMFebruary 20001 year 11 months
Sussex PoliceKen JonesJanuary 2002under 1 month
Thames Valley PolicePeter NeyroudJanuary 2002under 1 month
Warwickshire PoliceJohn Burbeck QPMAugust 20001 year 5 months
West MerciaP. Hampson Esq QPMApril 19992 years 9 months
West Midlands PoliceSir Edward Crew QPMMay 19965 years 8 months
West Yorkshire PoliceGraham Moore Esq QPMNovember 19974 years 2 months
WiltshireMiss E Neville QPMOctober 19965 years 3 months

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Crime Fighting Fund

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Crime Fighting Fund officers were projected to be allocated to Hampshire in 2001–02; how many officers were allocated; how many Crime Fighting Fund officers will be allocated for 2002–03; and if he will make a statement. [22438]

Mr. Denham: Hampshire has been allocated a total of 243 Crime Fighting Fund (CFF) recruits over and above previous recruitment plans for the three years to March 2003. This total was initially divided between the three years of the CFF recruitment scheme as follows:

YearCFF allocation

As the force was unable to recruit all of its CFF allocation in 2000–01 it was allowed to carry over 63 recruits from 2000–01 to 2001–02, resulting in revised allocations as follows:

YearCFF allocation

The allocation for 2002–03 is provisional and subject to the force meeting the requirements of the CFF continuation criteria.

Domestic Violence (Buckingham)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were investigated by the police in the Buckingham constituency in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. [22633]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is not held centrally. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Thames Valley police collect the information by Basic Command Unit areas, but none of these areas correspond exactly with the Buckingham constituency.

Security Costs

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what have been the costs of extra activities undertaken by his Department in connection with events following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States; and if these costs will be met from his Department's budget. [14077]

Mr. Blunkett: Some extra costs are being incurred, on departmental security measures. These costs will be met from the Home Office's budget and it is not possible to quantify them. As regards the cost of the measures announced in my Statement of 15 October 2001, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to a question from the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) on 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 914W.

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Police Numbers (London)

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish (a) the most recent figures, (b) the figures for May 1997 based on the old boundaries and (c) estimated figures for May 1997 based on the new boundaries, for the number of police officers within the city of London and Metropolitan police areas, broken down by London borough. [13844]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 9 November 2001]: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has provided police strength in the Metropolitan police at 31 October 2001 and 1 July 1997 broken down by borough. Information for May 1997 is not available.

BoroughStrength 31 October 2001(21)Strength 1 July 1997(21)
Kensington and Chelsea539.51648.30
Hammersmith and Fulham506.14559.65
Tower Hamlets527.95573.09
Waltham Forest449.81490.62
Barking and Dagenham285.82299.05
Richmond upon Thames263.17278.85
Kingston upon Thames256.40354.33
Borough Total16,624.0718,254.46
Recruits, non borough units and HQ staff8,621.527,846.27

(21) Figures are full-time equivalents

(22) These posts are paid for by Heathrow airport plc.

(23) Spelthorne was transferred to Surrey police in April 2000.

The Metropolitan police force area boundary was changed in April 2000. The Metropolitan Police Service are unable to provide estimated figures for officers in post in 1997 on the basis of the new boundaries.

There were 10,040 civilians in the Metropolitan police on 31 March 2001 and 13,493 on 31 March 1997.

The city of London police force was unaffected by the Metropolitan police force area boundary changes. The city of London Police had 859 police officers on 31 March

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1997 and 705 on 2 November 2001. The force employed 347 civilian support staff in March 1997 and 223 in March 2001.

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