HC Deb 16 January 1996 vol 269 c538W
Mr. Clifford Forsythe

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the projected expenditure for RUC operational policing in 1996; [8472]

(2) what was the (a) projected and (b) actual expenditure on RUC operational policing in 1995. [8471]

Sir John Wheeler

The information is not held in the form requested; police budgets are calculated by financial, not calendar, year. The approved police authority grant for the 1996–97 financial year will be £584 million.

The projected expenditure—the approved grant to the Police Authority for Northern Ireland for the 1995–96 financial year—was £609.2 million. I will write to the hon. Member once the actual expenditure for 1995-96 is known in April 1996. In both cases, the provision covers all RUC and PANI costs.