§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to address the predicted funding shortfall in the West Yorkshire police authority area. 
§ Ms Blears
I shall announce details of the provisional police funding settlement in mid-November. It is a matter for West Yorkshire police authority to determine its final budget for next year in the light of its funding settlement, taking into account local needs and views.
We expect police authorities to set budgets that ensure further improvements without placing excessive burdens on the local taxpayer.