HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 cc12-3W
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.