§ Mr. Stan Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the establishment of the Lancashire police force on 28 February; what was the actual strength on the same date; to what factors he attributes the difference in the two figures; and if he will make a statement.
The authorised establishment of the Lancashire constabulary is 3,158, an increase of 40 since May 1979. The strength of the force was 3,067 on 28 February 1985. Police manpower levels fluctuate from month to month because of different recruiting and wastage patterns, seasonal changes and other local reasons.