§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been(a) the total funding and (b) the established number of full-time officers of the West Yorkshire police force in each of the past five years; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding to meet the public demands of this service.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
Over the last five years expenditure and the police establishment of the West Yorkshire police have been increased as follows:
Year Expenditure £ million Establishment 1987–88 129.1 5,204 1988–89 149.4 5,227 1989–90 167.0 5,259 1990–91 1193.7 5,281 1991–92 2218.5 5,295 1992–93 n/a 5,295 1 Because of change in capital financing arrangements in 1990, some caution should be used in comparing 1990–91 and 1991–92 with earlier years. 2 Estimated. n/a = Not available.
The Government are satisfied that the West Yorkshire police authority is able to meet its obligations to provide an efficient police force.