§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average time for the police in Colne, Lancashire to respond to an emergency call in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and at the current date.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
No information on emergency response times in Lancashire is available prior to 1993–94. In the current financial year, up to February, on average 86 per cent. of 999 calls were answered within 10 seconds, although no specific figures are available for Colne. During the same period, the average time taken to arrive at the scene of an emergency incident in Colne was four minutes from receiving the call.