§ Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has reached a decision on the applications from the joint police and fire and civil defence authorities for redetermination of their expenditure levels for 1988–89; what maximum precepts he proposes to set in consequence; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hurd
All six joint police authorities and six of the seven joint fire and civil defence authorities sought redetermination of the expenditure levels I announced on 24 July and I am today notifying them of my decisions. On police, I have decided not to increase the expenditure levels for South Yorkshire, Northumbria and West Yorkshire, but have redetermined the expenditure levels for the other forces as follows:
£ million Merseyside 68.906 West Midlands 93.423 Greater Manchester 95.221
On fire and civil defence, I have decided not to increase the expenditure levels for London, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear and West Midlands. The expenditure levels for the other authorities have been redetermined as follows:
£ million South Yorkshire 22.514 West Yorkshire 37.558
My proposals for the maximum precept levels for these authorities for 1988–89 are as follows:
Police Greater Manchester 15.38 Merseyside 19.30 Northumbria 13.92 South Yorkshire 15.59 West Midlands 14.11 West Yorkshire 15.72
Fire and Civil Defence Greater Manchester 10.82 Merseyside 8.22 South Yorkshire 11.21 Tyne and Wear 11.04 West Midlands 7.48 West Yorkshire 13.41 London 8.15
Formal notification of the proposed maximum precepts has been sent to the authorities today. I have asked the authorities to let me know by 15 January whether they accept the maximum precepts.