§ 37. Mr. Aitken
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of police officers in England and Wales at the latest available date; and what was the equivalent figure in May 1979.
§ Mr. Mayhew
On 31 December 1982 the total strength of the police service in England and Wales was 120,951. This is a gain of 9,458 on the strength of 111,493 in May 1979.