§ 14. Mr. Kevan Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in the north-east. 
§ Mr. Denham
The north-east forces (Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria) had a total of 6,927 police officers on 31 January 2002. This is 386 more officers than in March 1997 and is a record number.