HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 c397W
Mr. Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether initial problems in the implementation of the Airwave service for the police have been overcome; and whether he is able to quantify the benefit to the police of this service as indicated in the Government's response to the 64th Report of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 2001–02, Public Private Partnerships: Airwave. [142107]

Ms Blears

Yes. The initial problems have been overcome. The Airwave service is now available to more than half of the police forces. It is fully operational in nine police forces, and over 30,000 users are already enjoying the benefits of modern, secure, high-quality communications.

A Business Benefits project has been set up under the Airwave programme. It will provide a full quantitative analysis of the benefits of Airwave compared with previous police radio systems and will monitor the realisation of those benefits.