§ Mr. Fabricant
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff were employed by Staffordshire constabulary(a) in May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
[holding answer 7 February 2001]: Information on police service personnel numbers is collected twice a year in March and September. On 31 March 1997, Staffordshire police had 763 civilian support staff. On 30 September 2000, the latest date available, the force had 897 civilian support staff, 134 more civilian staff than the force had in March 1997.