§ 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. 
§ 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.85W
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.