§ Peter Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet representatives of the(a) National Black Police Association and (b) Police Federation. 
§ Ms Blears
I meet the National Black Police Association as necessary to discuss particular issues. I have regular bilaterals with the Chairman of the Police Federation.
During the period March 2002 to March 2003 Lancashire Constabulary strength increased by 35 to 3,339. At the end of December 2003 Lancashire had record strength of 3,549—an increase of 210 officers.