HC Deb 20 November 2000 vol 357 cc84-5W
1998 Mr. Wilkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many uniformed Metropolitan police personnel were based within the Greater London area on 1 November(a) 2000, (b) 1999, (c)(d) 1997 and (e) 1996. [137481]

Mr. Charles Clarke

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the number of officers available for duty in the Metropolitan police on 1 November for the years in question is as shown in the table.

Year (as at 1 November) Number of police officers (full time equivalents)
1996 27,013
1997 26,519
1998 26,084
1999 25,808
2000 124,715
1On 1 April the Metropolitan Police District was reduced in size following boundary changes with the counties of Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey.