HC Deb 22 March 1982 vol 20 cc232-3W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the Official Report a table of figures giving as much detailed information as may be readily available showing, for the period covered by the metropolitan and national police announcement of crime statistics in the week ended 13 March, the numbers of police, vehicles, two-way radios and other stated aids, their wage and salary scales and total costs for the same period; and how these compare with the previous year.

Mr. Mayhew

The information available centrally for the police service in England and Wales is set out as follows:

Total strength
31 December 1980 117,423
31 December 1981 119,575

Police Equipment
31 December 1980 31 December 1981
Motor vehicles 19,658 19,381
Motor cycles 2,901 2,841
Helicopters 1 2
Radios *75,000 *77,000
Major computer systems† 15 17
* Approximate figures.
All forces in England and Wales now have access to computers.

In addition, all members of the Metropolitan and City of London Police are paid London allowance and London weighting at the following rates:

London allowance
With effect from 1 September 1980 894
With effect from 1 September 1981 1,011
London weighting
With effect from 1 July 1980 588
With effect from 1 July 1981 657

Total expenditure on police service
Financial year £ million
1980–81 1,805.4
1981–82* 2,182.9
* Provisional.