§ Mr. Paice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of new recruits who started the training course at the Hendon Police Training School completed that course satisfactorily in 2001; how many are still serving police officers one year after completion and what the figures were in 1997. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 25 November 2002]: The Commissioner for the Metropolitan police informs me that the proportion of new recruits who satisfactorily completed their training at Hendon in 2001 was 90 per cent.; (a) of 1,625 officers who were recruited in 2001, 1,465 completed their training and 1,386 are still serving; (b) in 1997 the number of officers recruited was 1,035, of which 992 officers completed one years service.