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Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will lay before Parliament the draft UK-wide codes in connection with the functions of examining officers and authorised officers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and the order under paragraph 19 of Schedule 8 to the Act in connection with a solicitor's presence at interview in Scotland. 
Mr. Straw: I have today laid before Parliament draft codes of practice in connection with the functions of examining officers and authorised officers under the Terrorism Act 2000. I have also today laid before Parliament an order under paragraph 19 of Schedule 8 to the Act in respect of a solicitor's presence at any interview in Scotland carried out in connection with a terrorist investigation or for the purposes of Schedule 7 to the Act, relating to port and border controls.
Mr. Straw: There are a total of 23 press officers in the Home Office press office, and a Chief Immigration Officer on attachment. By March 2001 it is anticipated that this figure will increase by one additional trainee at Assistant Information Officer grade.
Mr. Charles Clarke: The discussions referred to in my answer to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on 26 October 2000, Official Report, column 218W, are continuing; no conclusions have been reached.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of funding will be provided to local police budgets as standard spending in 2001-02 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms. 
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of local police budgets are used to fund (a) pay, (b) pensions, (c) capital financing and (d) national crime fighting agency levies. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The proportion of police net expenditure in England and Wales spent on Police Officer and other staff salaries for the latest year available (1999-2000) was 72.1 per cent; on pensions 12.7 per cent; on capital financing 1.7 per cent.; on the National Crime Squad/the National Criminal Intelligence Service levies 1.9 per cent.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of his Department's national recruitment campaign was up to 1 January; and what cost (a) has been and (b) is planned to be incurred in 2001. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The first phase of the police recruitment campaign ran from September to November 2000 and cost £5 million. The second phase of the campaign is running now and will finish in mid March 2001, the planned costs are £3.2 million. These costs include both media and production and VAT--and equate to £6.98 million ex VAT.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monthly recruitment intake target for the Police College at Hendon is for 2001; and how many entrants have applied in respect of each intake date to date. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police informs me that the monthly recruitment intake target for each of the next two intakes in January and March 2001 at the police college at Hendon is 200. For the remainder of the year, the planned intake target is 247 for each intake. Applicants to join as police recruits are not allocated an intake date until recruitment formalities have been completed.
|Forces||Deemed CFF officers April-December 2000|
|Avon and Somerset||57|
|City of London||0|
|Devon and Cornwall||56|
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many completed application forms have been received by each of the police forces in England and Wales as a result of his Department's national recruitment campaign. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office centrally handles responses to the campaign and expressions of interest (EOI) in applying to join the police service. The total EOI resulting from the campaign, that have been sent on to each force are listed. Completed application forms are received by each individual police force separately.
|01||Avon and Somerset constabulary||473|
|05||City of London constabulary||149|
|09||Devon and Cornwall constabulary||379|
|15||Greater Manchester police||968|
|29||North Wales police||183|
|30||North Yorkshire police||466|
|32||South Wales constabulary||623|
|33||South Yorkshire police||607|
|38||Thames Valley police||254|
|40||West Mercia constabulary||294|
|41||West Midlands police||566|
|42||West Yorkshire police||664|
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) length of service and (b) age profile of police officers serving in the Metropolitan police. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested is set out in the table and reflects the position at the end of December 2000. The numbers of staff provided in the table relate to actual persons and not to full-time equivalent staff. The data have been provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
|Number of officers|
|(a) Length of service|
|Less than 20||73|
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entrants there were to the Metropolitan police service on each intake start date in 2000; and what the monthly recruitment intake target was for each such date. 
|4 January 2000||104||130|
|7 February 2000||61||130|
|13 March 2000||66||130|
|17 April 2000||101||99|
|22 May 2000||102||99|
|26 June 2000||98||100|
|31 July 2000||89||90|
|No intake in August||0||0|
|4 September 2000||97||95|
|9 October 2000||140||142|
|20 November 2000||148||150|
|18 December 2000||148||150|
Recruitment intakes take place at five weekly intervals, so targets were set on the basis of intake dates not calendar months. The number of entrants shown includes new recruits and transfers into the Metropolitan police service
Mr. Charles Clarke: I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the average length of service for police officers in the Metropolitan police service in 2000 was 14.3 years for males and 10.3 years for females.
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The table sets out the targeted and actual workforce strength of the London Borough divisions. The information has been provided by the Commissioner. Each division of the Metropolitan Police has a police budgeted work force total which is set at 1 April 2000. The divisional strength figures are those for 31 December 2000. Actual divisional strength fluctuates because of wastage and recruitment variations.
Since I last provided this information in my answer of 9 November 2000 to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow), Official Report, column 393W, police numbers in the London Borough divisions have increased by 43.
|Division||Police budgeted workforce total(27)||Actual police numbers at 31 December 2000(27)|
|City of Westminster||1,580||1,524.8|
|Kensington and Chelsea||557||524.5|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||517||493.4|
|Barking and Dagenham||278.5||264.6|
|Richmond upon Thames||260||255.1|
|Kingston upon Thames||256||252.8|
(26) These police posts are paid for by Heathrow Airport plc.
(27) Figures are full-time equivalents and have been rounded to the nearest one decimal point.
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