§ Harry Cohen
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support he has provided to help Metropolitan police officers and civil staff purchase homes; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
The Home Office has worked closely with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) on the starter homes initiative (SHI), which will assist key public sector workers to buy their first homes. On 6 September my right hon. Friend 285W the Secretary of State announced the first allocations from the SHI. We expect around 550 police officers and civil staff in London to be helped over the next three years.