HC Deb 14 April 1976 vol 909 cc623-4W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the strength of the Special Constabulary 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.

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