§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in respect of the fraud squad within each police force in England and Wales (i) the number of officers allocated to the fraud squad, (ii) the number of fraud squad officers as a percentage of the total number of police officers in each force, (iii) the planned numbers in the fraud squad for each force up to 907W the year 2000, (iv) the number of prosecutions for fraud for the latest available date, (v) the number of convictions for fraud for the latest available date and (vi) the amount spent on computer hardware and software during the year 1988–89; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The future allocation of officers to specific duties is an operational matter for each chief officer of police. Information on computer expenditure by fraud squads is not available and would be obtained only at disproportionate cost. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to his question on 30 March 1990 at column631 for the remainder of the information requested.