HC Deb 05 December 1989 vol 163 cc173-4W
Mrs. Gorman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the proportion of police to public in Essex; and what is the comparable figure for other counties.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Information on population per police officer is as follows:

Force Population per police officer1
Avon and Somerset 460
Bedfordshire 508
Cambridgeshire 544
Cheshire 512
Cleveland 371
Cumbria 423
Derbyshire 515
Devon and Cornwall 521
Dorset 522
Durham 434
Dyfed-Powys 495
Essex 521
Gloucestershire 453
Greater Manchester 369
Gwent 442
Hampshire 531
Hertfordshire 508
Humberside 427
Kent 512
Lancashire 436
Leicestershire 503
Lincolnshire 493
Merseyside 308
Norfolk 546
Northamptonshire 508
Northumbria 408
North Wales 486
North Yorkshire 516
Nottinghamshire 435
South Wales 415
South Yorkshire 434
Staffordshire 472
Suffolk 539
Surrey 452
Sussex 482
Thames Valley 540
Warwickshire 489
West Mercia 538
West Midlands 383

Force Population per police officer1
West Yorkshire 391
Wiltshire 513
Average provincial forces (excluding the City of London) 452
City of London 5
Metropolitan 253
Average England and Wales 404
1 The figures are calculated on the basis of mid-1988 population figures and authorised establishments of forces at 1 April 1989.

Mr. Duffy

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on manpower levels in the South Yorkshire police; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

On 31 October there were 2,944 officers on the strength of the South Yorkshire police. This is 384 more than when the Government took office 10 years ago. My right hon. and learned Friend has approved a further 20 police posts for the force establishment, raising it from 2,978 to 2,998, subject to the police authority's confirmation that it is prepared to meet its share of the costs.

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