HC Deb 23 March 1961 vol 637 cc59-60W
59. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current amount of the Exchequer grant toward the police services in Bristol; and what proportion falls upon the local authority.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The cost of the Bristol police force in 1960–61 is estimated at just over £1,200,000, of which half falls on the rates and half on the Exchequer.

60. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the police force in Bristol is below the establishment; what improvements have been made in numbers

West Indies India Pakistan Cyprus West Africa*
1956 29,800 5,600 2,100 2,800 2,000
1957 23,000 6,600 5,200 1,500 2,200
1958 15,000 6,200 4,700 2,700 1,000
1959 16,400 2,900 900 400 750
1960 49,700 5,800 2,500 3,200 —550†
* Separate figures for Nigeria and Ghana are not available.
† Net outward balance.
since the pay increases were granted; and if he is satisfied that the number is adequate to provide an efficient force.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I am informed that on 14th March the force was 49 men and 2 women below the authorised establishment of 852 men and 36 women. Since the pay increase for constables was announced about three months ago there has been a net increase of seven in the strength of the force. I am advised that the force is efficient.

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