HC Deb 23 June 1988 vol 135 cc668-9W
18. Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the current establishment figures for the Metropolitan police, giving the number of places vacant; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd

Following the further increase of 300 which I approved in April the current establishment of the Metropolitan police is 28,115. After the latest intake of recruits on 6 June, the force was 178 below establishment. The Metropolitan police hope to reach full establishment by November 1988.