HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 cc120-1W
Tony Baldry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to provide funding for Thames Valley Police Force to boost retention and recruitment including(a) the offer of free travel and (b) to reduce the pay differential between that force and the Metropolitan Police Force. [136022]

Ms Blears

Government policy is to support the recruitment and retention of public servants in the South East through the Communities Plan announced by my right hon. friend the Deputy Prime Minister (John Prescott) on 21 October, with generous provisions for key worker housing.

Free travel is a matter for the Thames Valley Police Authority.

There are no plans to change the system of regional allowances for officers in the South East and London.