HC Deb 15 July 2003 vol 409 cc279-81W
Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in post in Leicestershire Police Authority in(a) each year between 1991–92 and (b) the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [125256]

Ms Blears

The information is set out in the table.

Leicestershire police authority
At 31 March Police strength Civilian support staff strength
1992 1,845 676
1993 1,805 661
1994 1,825 646
1995 1,839 679
1996 1,908 667
1997 1,949 755
1998 1,983 774
1999 1,993 802
2000 1,993 805
2001 2,033 806
2002 2,100 816
2002 (30 September) 2,086 n/a

Police officer strength in Leicestershire has increased by 137 since March 1997. This is an increase of seven per cent. and is significantly higher than the national increase for the same period of 3.4 per cent.

Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to create a separate police force for the city of Nottingham. [125154]

Ms Blears

The Secretary of State may make alterations to the boundaries of police areas by order under sections 32 to 34 of the Police Act 1996. He may only do so if he has either received a request to make alterations from the relevant police authority or authorities or if it seems to him that it is expedient to make changes in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness. I have received no such request from Nottinghamshire Police Authority nor am I aware of any evidence that indicates that the policing of either the city of Nottingham or the county of Nottinghamshire would be improved by creating a separate force for the city.

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