HC Deb 08 September 2003 vol 410 c60W
Andrew Selous

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants are available from his Department to improve Leighton Buzzard police station, with particular reference to enabling(a) the restoration of a custody suite, (b) longer opening hours and (c) the provision of space for a greater officer establishment. [126374]

Ms Blears

Police authorities receive general capital grant and credit (borrowing) approvals to support funding their capital plans.

In 2002–03 my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary established the Premises Improvement Fund to assist police authorities further in modernising the police estate and communications technology. The fund of £20 million is a matched funding initiative.

Police authorities have been invited to submit bids for a second round of the scheme. Results will be announced later in the year.

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