§ Mr. Robert Atkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will revise the manpower ceilings for police forces.
§ Mr. Hurd
Police force establishments are kept under review by chief officers, police authorities and Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary. Police authorities are responsible for fixing the authorised establishment of force, subject to my right hon. and learned Friend's approval. For information about the present position of applications received from police authorities for increases in their police establishments in the current financial year and the number of additional posts approved, I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Bruinvels) on 26 October.—[Vol. 47, c. 98.]