HC Deb 09 February 2001 vol 362 c737W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of recent changes in the number of places in police houses in the Avon and Somerset area on his policy on police recruitment; and if he will make a statement. [148737]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Changes to the number of police houses in a police force area are matters for the police authority and chief constable to decide. We expect police authorities and chief constables to achieve best value in the use of the capital resources available to them and to make decisions about those resources in the light of all relevant considerations.

Avon and Somerset constabulary recruited 89 officers in the six months to 30 September 2000 and continues to recruit successfully. The force has been allocated 195 recruits from the crime fighting fund (CFF) over the three years 2000–01 to 2002–03 and it expects to recruit its full allocation of 67 crime fighting fund recruits in 2000–01, over and above previously planned recruitment.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of officers(a) recruited by, (b) resigning from and (c) retiring from the Avon and Somerset police force in each year since 1978–79. [148740]

Mr. Charles Clarke

It is not possible to provide information on recruitment and wastage on an individual force basis before the computerisation of the police number database in 1991–92, because of the way in which information on police numbers was previously collected and stored by the Department.

The information in the table is for each year since 1991.

Avon and Somerset constabulary—numbers recruited, resigned and retired since 1991
Year Number of officers recruited Number of officers who resigned Number of officers who retired
19911 133 30 88
19921 95 15 94
19931 123 20 129
1994–952 154 17 184
1995–96 55 8 97
1996–97 174 12 132
1997–98 138 22 124
1998–99 142 14 80
1999–2000 104 21 104
2000–013 89 8 49
1 Prior to 1995–96 police numbers were collected on a calender year basis rather than a financial year basis
2 Figures for 1994–95 cover the period 1 January 1994 to 31 March 1995
3 Figures for 2000–01 are for the period 1 April to 30 September 2000