§ Mr. Kinnock
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the estimate made for expenditure on police forces' pay in 1975–76; and what was the actual amount spent.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
The estimated expenditure on pay for police officers in forces in England and Wales for 1975–76 was £346,722,000. The provisional figure for actual expenditure is £412,033,000. The difference between the two figures reflects a combination of growth in numbers and the effect of the September 1975 pay award.