HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 cc69-70W

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers left the Metropolitan police other than through ill health and ordinary retirement(a) during 1998 and (b) during 1999 to date. [93085]

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the number of officers leaving the Metropolitan police other than through ill health and ordinary retirement was 645 in 1998 and 389 to 22 July 1999.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his latest estimate of the number of police officers expected to retire from the Metropolitan police(a) during 1999, (b) in 2000 and (c) in 2001. [93086]

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the number of officers expected to retire from the Metropolitan police service during 1999 to 2001 is:

1. 1999: 1,000
2. 2000: 950
3. 2001: 900.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of officers who left the Metropolitan police other than through ill health and normal retirement during the past two years(a) left the police service altogether and (b) transferred to other UK police forces. [93087]

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the information requested is given in the table:

 Percentage 1997 1998 Officers leaving the police service altogether 18.4 23.1 Officers transferring to other police forces 18.8 13

Note:

When 100 per cent. = the total number of officers who left the Metropolitan police in each year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detective inspector and detective chief inspector posts within the Metropolitan Police remain unfilled. [93083]

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that at the end of June, 73 detective inspector posts were unfilled, and there was one detective chief inspector more than the budgeted manpower target.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruits were admitted to each initial training course at the Metropolitan Police Training College at Hendon(a) during 1998 and (b) during 1999 to date. [93084]

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the number of police recruits admitted to each initial training course at the Metropolitan Police Training College at Hendon during 1998 and 1999 to date, is as given in the table:

 Recruit intake 1998 1999 Intake 1 93 143 Intake 2 71 142 Intake 3 153 183 Intake 4 140 145 Intake 5 183 90 Intake 6 178 93 Intake 7 174 1110 Intake 8 131 — Intake 9 149 — 1 expected

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