HC Deb 18 January 1996 vol 269 c706W
20. Mr. Sims

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the size of the Metropolitan police service and the resources available to it. [7868]

Mr. Howard

The Government are making available £1.65 billion to the Metropolitan police in 1996–97—£20.5 million more than last year. In addition, the 2 per cent. ceiling on the amount the Metropolitan police can carry forward from one year to the next has been removed. This is likely to be worth an extra £25 million on top of the existing maximum of £34 million. I have not yet received the Commissioner's detailed expenditure proposals for 1996–97, but I expect to see even more officers deployed on the streets of London during 1996–97.