§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the planned recruitment of police cadets for each of the past 10 years and show how the actual recruitment compared with the planned recruitment.
§ Mr. Hurd
Information for all forces about cadet recruitment plans is not available centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. In 1981, a report of a working party of the Police Advisory Board recommended that if a police authority decided to have a cadet corps, cadets should provide generally no more than 10 per cent. of the annual intake to the force. The previous figure had been about 30 per cent. The total number of cadets in England and Wales on 31 December in each of the past 10 years was as follows:
Year Number of Police Cadets 1973 4,631 1974 5,130 1975 4,822 1976 3,705 1977 2,284 1978 3,229 1979 3,597 1980 3,098 1981 1,973 1982 1,292
The number of cadets in each force is shown in the table of authorised establishment, strength, etc. of police forces in the report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for each of these years.