§ Mr. Collins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been made to him concerning (i) the number of police stations and police officers and (ii) police resources in South Cumbria by(a) members of the police and (b) hon. Members. 
§ Mr. Boateng
I have not received any representations specifically about the number of police stations, officers or police resources in South Cumbria. I did, however, receive two representations from hon. Members, one representation from the Cumbria Police Authority and one representation from the Allerdale Borough Council about the police funding allocation for the Cumbria Police Authority in 1999–2000. Only the letter from the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale referred to the number of police stations and police officers.
I also had a meeting with representatives of the Cumbria Police Authority and the Chief Constable on 6 January about the funding settlement for 1999–2000 at which the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale was present.498W
I understand that the Cumbria Police Authority have approved a budget increase of 2.7 per cent. for 1999–2000.