HC Deb 13 May 1982 vol 23 c298W
Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current strength of (a) the police forces in England and Wales, and (b) the Metropolitan Police; and what were the comparative figures for three years previously.

Mr. Mayhew

The information requested is as follows:

Police Strength
31 March 1982 31 March 1979
England and Wales 119,973 111,133
Metropolitan Police 25,429 22,214