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Earl Howe: On Monday, 4 December, some 380 British personnel should begin deployment to the former Yugoslavia as our contribution to pre-positioned troops for a NATO peace implementation force. These will include communications, logistics and engineer units together with advance headquarters elements. Their job will be to help prepare for the arrival of the main forces who will follow as soon as possible after the final signature of a peace agreement, the necessary UN Security Council Resolution and an agreed balance of forces committed to the implementation force.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The Government fully support the principle of widespread public access to parliamentary, statutory and analogous material, but believe it is neither necessary nor desirable to abolish copyright protection
Baroness Blatch: The Commission has informed me that it intends to consider making a report on parliamentary constituencies in Hereford and Worcester and the West Midlands, and also in Essex and the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The Commission intends to commence forthwith an interim review of parliamentary constituencies in each of those areas.
Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has today put a copy of his proposals for the allocation of police grant for 1996/97 in the Library. We intend to implement these proposals subject to consideration of any representations we receive about them.
The police service has indicated its support in principle for the continued distribution of police grant in accordance with a needs based formula, and we are therefore proposing to continue to allocate the greater part of police grant according to the police funding formula.
We are, however, proposing a number of detailed changes to the formula in response to the representations which have been made to us about the working of the formula. The principal changes which we are proposing are:
We are also aware of, and share, public concern that policing levels generally should be maintained. We therefore propose to apply an additional rule to police grant allocations which would ensure that each police authority other than the Metropolitan Police can receive 3 per cent. more funding in 1996/97 than it could have received in 1995/96. For the Metropolitan Police, the cap on its reserves will be lifted, allowing it to carry forward the substantial extra reserves it has accumulated during 1995/96.
The 3 per cent. additional rule, and the extra freedom to carry forward reserves for the Metropolitan Police, are both in addition to the £20 million which has been made available in relation to the Prime Minister's announcement concerning additional officers.
|Police Force Area||1995/96 Funding(1)||1996/97 Funding(1)|
|£ million||£ million|
|English Shire Forces|
|Avon and Somerset||147.8||154.5|
|Devon and Cornwall||146.5||153.1|
|English Metropolitan Forces|
|City of London(1)||57.3||59.1|
(1) Rounded to the nearest £10,000.
(1) Figure for the Metropolitan Police does not include funding allocated to the Receiver under the Other Services Block SSA for school crossing patrols, magistrates' courts and the Probation Service.
(1) Figure for the City does not include Capital Financing and Other Services Block SSAs which are allocated to the Common Council of the City of London as a whole in respect of all its functions.
(1) Figures for South Wales and Gwent police authorities have been adjusted to show what they would have received in 1995/96 had the transfer of the Rhymney Valley from South Wales to Gwent, due to take effect on 1 April 1996, been effective for 1995/96. These adjustments enable valid comparisons to be made between these forces' allocations for 1995/96 and 1996/97.