§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support he gives to police air support units; in which locations; and what bids have been submitted in the most recent round. 
§ Ms Blears
£4 million is made available each year towards capital funding for police air support units in England and Wales.
Bids currently under consideration by the Home Office for capital funding in the next financial year have been received from the following forces:
Northumbria (on behalf of the North East Consortium which includes Durham and Cleveland police)
A decision on the allocation of capital funding for 2004–05 will be announced in January 2004.