§ Mr. Maclean
My right hon. and learned Friend would be happy to visit Merseyside when a suitable opportunity arises.
My right hon. and learned Friend has proposed that Merseyside police authority's basic funding allocation for 1996–97 should increase by 3.2 per cent. over 1995–96. If it sets a budget for 1996–97 at the cap, spending could increase by £8 million—3.7 per cent. over the current financial year.