§ Mr. Maclean
The Government's proposals give Merseyside police authority a total spending power of £235 million in 1997–98, an increase of £8.3 million or 3.7 per cent. over 1996–97. The increase includes £1.1 million in additional grant as Merseyside's share of funding for the recruitment of additional police officers. It would be sufficient to recruit 55 more officers in 1997–98. It is for the chief constable to decide how to allocate his resources.