HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 cc241-2W
Mr. Richard Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what totals have been allocated to the community service budget for each of the years since 1979; and what proportion this represents of probation service expenditure.

Mr. Mellor

The allocation of resources to community service schemes is a matter for each area probation committee, and the information requested is not available centrally. Total local authority expenditure on the probation service has risen from £74 million in 1979–80 to an estimated £167 million in 1985–86, and a significant proportion of the real growth is due to the increasing use of the community service order. The number of ancillary workers, who are the staff mostly used to run community service schemes, rose over the same period rom 807 to 1,335, compared with a rise of 4,810 to 5,590 in the number of probation officers.

in respect of matters arising from complaints under section 49 of the Police Act 1964 and otherwise, together with the numbers proved are as follows:

Arising directly out of Section 49 complaints In other circumstances
Total Proved Total Proved
1979 233 164 1,283 1,143
1980 235 198 1,085 1,017
1981 231 183 1,220 1,120
1982 301 240 1,330 1,215
1983 258 197 1,236 1,120
1984 190 140 1,122 1,029

Mr. Frank Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each year since 1979, how many Metropolitan police officers have (a) resigned after disciplinary charges have been preferred but before proceedings were completed, (b) resigned while under investigation for disciplinary matters and (c) were under suspension at the time of their resignation.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The information is included in the section on discipline in Chapter 2 (Personnel and Training) of the annual reports of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis but for convenience I summarise it as follows: