§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables applied(a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully to become full-time police officers in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
The information requested is not collected centrally. However, my hon. Friend may like to know that some Home Office funded research completed 123W in May 2000 on wastage in the special constabulary in five forces found that of the 293 former specials questioned, 18.8 per cent. (55 people) had left the Specials in order to join the regular force.