§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assumptions he has made about the number of policemen and women who are to be recruited into the service as a result of the Prime Minister's announcement at the Conservative party conference being out on foot patrol at any given point in time. 
§ Mr. Maclean
None. There will be extra funding available to enable chief constables to recruit an 273W additional 5,000 officers over the next three years. The deployment of officers is an operational matter for chief constables.