HC Deb 03 July 2000 vol 353 c62W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the principle of London weighting to Hampshire to help police authorities recruit officers in areas of high property prices. [128160]

Mr. Charles Clarke

The Police Act 1996 provides that the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) shall make recommendations to the Home Secretary on matters including the pay and allowances of police officers, which include London Allowance and London Weighting. The Home Secretary shall take into consideration any such recommendation before making regulations.

A Working Party of the PNB is meeting on 11 July to discuss the impact on other forces of the increase in London Allowance which will take effect from 1 July.