HC Deb 18 November 2003 vol 413 cc817-9W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates he estimates that the Airwave communications system will be fully operational in each police force area.[1385271]

Ms Blears

In England and Wales Airwave is already fully operational in the following forces: Cambridgeshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, North Yorkshire, Suffolk and West Mercia.

Estimated dates for the other forces in England and Wales to become fully operational are given in the table.

Rollout of Airwave in Scotland will follow after England and Wales.

Airwave operational date Force
Q4 2003 Bedford
Q1 2004 Hertfordshire
Q2 2004 Avon & Somerset
South Wales
Q3 2004 Cheshire
City of London
South Yorkshire
Thames Valley
Q4 2004 Merseyside
West Midlands
Q I 2005 Norfolk
Q2 2005 West Yorkshire
Q3 2005 Cumbria
Q4 2005 Kent
Devon and Cornwall
Not yet available Dyfed Powys
North Wales

Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent to date on the Airwave communications system, broken down by police force area. [138528]

Ms Blears

It is estimated that the Airwave service contract for the provision of the police service's new digital radio communication service will cost £2.3 billion (at 1999 prices) over the 22-year lifetime of the project. In addition, forces have to procure radio terminals and to modernise control rooms. Funding is provided centrally by the Home Office and locally by police authorities.

To date, the Home Office has provided a total of £336.4 million to police forces in England and Wales for Airwave. The break-down by police force area is given in the table.

Home Office spend on airwave to date broken down by police force


Force £ million
Avon & Somerset 8.9
Bedfordshire 3.2
Cambridgeshire 4,4
Cheshire 4.2
City of London 2.2
Cleveland 3.9
Cumbria 2.3
Derbyshire 5.7
Devon & Cornwal 6.7
Dorset 3.2
Durham 3.9
Dyfed-Powys 1.4
Essex Police 6.9
Gloucestershire 3.1
Greater Manchester 31.6
Gwent 3.0
Hampshire 7.6
Hertfordshire 4.9
Humberside 6.3
Kent 7.2
Lancashire 14.5
Leicestershire 8.1
Lincolnshire 3.3
Merseyside 11.2
Nottinghamshire 6.8
Norfolk 3.2
Northamptonshire 2.5
North Yorkshire 3.5
North Wales 2.9
Northumbria 11.8
South Wales 7.8
South Yorkshire 8.3
Staffordshire 4.4
Suffolk 5.4
Surrey 4.7
Sussex 6.4
Thames Valley 10.8
Warwickshire 2.0
West Mercia 8.6
West Midlands 14.7
West Yorkshire 11.1
Wiltshire 2.9
Metropolitan Police 60.9
TOTAL 336.4