HC Deb 27 January 2003 vol 398 cc713-4W
Mr. Rosindell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the current level of policing in(a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) other London boroughs; [91333]

(2) how many police officers there are in each London borough; [91332]

(3) what recent discussions he has had with police borough commanders on police numbers in the London boroughs; [91339]

(4) what plans he has to increase police numbers and resources in the London Borough of Havering. [91334]

Mr. Denham

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, has regular meetings with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Sir John Stevens QPM) at which a range of policing issues are discussed.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) on 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 589W. This sets out police strength for each Basic Command Unit for each force in England and Wales, including the London boroughs.

Under the provisional grant settlement for 2003–04 announced on 5 December 2002 the MPS will receive £2,021.7 million in Government grant.

Decisions about the allocation of resources, including police officers, to the London boroughs are matters for the Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority.