§ Mr. Drew
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of retirement to police authorities was in(a) 1980, (b) 1990, and (c) the most recent 12 months for which statistics are available; and for each of these, what percentage of total police budget this cost accounted for. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
The information is set out in the table.
Year Net pensions expenditure (£000) Proportion of police net expenditure spent of pensions costs (percentage) 1980–81 98,011 5.6 1990–91 333,165 7.2 1999–2000 948,000 12.7
Information taken from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Police statistics Actuals.