§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the strength of the Special Constabulary 624W on 31st December 1975 and on the same date for each year since 1970.
§ Dr. Summerskill
The strength of the Special Constabulary in England and Wales on 31st December of each year was as follows:
Year Strength 1970 32,813 1971 29,992 1972 27,440 1973 25,332 1974 24,168 1975 23,011
Chief Constables have been concerned during the period to reduce the non-effective strength of the Special Constabulary. The effective strength is not, therefore, reflected in the reduced figures.