HC Deb 16 December 1982 vol 34 cc200-1W
23. Mr. Madel

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied with the current level of police recruitment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitelaw

On 31 October, the strength of the police service in England and Wales was 120,493, an increase of 9,000 since May 1979.

Forces remain at or very close to their authorised establishment and this continues to be a cause for satisfaction.