HC Deb 14 May 1992 vol 207 c201W
21. Mr. Gill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of police officers returned to operational duties by the policy of civilianisation since 1979.

Mr. Charles Wardle

Since records were first started in 1983, some 5,700 police officers have been freed for operational duties by civilianising posts which do not require the powers or skills of a police officer. This represents an efficiency saving of some £110 million a year at 1991–92 prices.