§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
In June 1990 my predecessor visited magistrates at Tynemouth and the victim support scheme in North Shields. I visited North Tyneside on 1 November this year when I went to North Shields police station and a local probation hostel and toured the Meadow Well estate during which I met representatives of the Northumbria police authority and of the local probation committee.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
It is for the chief constable to decide how available manpower should be deployed around the force area, within the total police establishment authorised by the Home Secretary. I understand from the chief constable that in December 1977 there were 305 police officers in the North Tyneside division. By December 1990 this had increased to 436 officers, an increase of 43 per cent. or 131 officers. Separate figures for North Tyneside metropoltan district are not available.