§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 February,Official Report, column 322, what adjustments are made to account for postcode boundaries cutting across the boundaries of county police forces in police funding formulas in using ACORN—a classification of residential neighbourhoods—and what adjustments have been made in the S12 and S31 post code areas. 
§ Mr. Howard
I regret that my earlier answer suggested wrongly that the ACORN—a classification of residential neighbourhoods—classifications used in the police funding formula were based on post code areas. The ACORN data provided to my Department by CACI Ltd. for use in the police funding formula is constructed from census information collected at the level of enumeration districts. No adjustments are, therefore, necessary in respect of post code boundaries cutting across the boundaries of county police forces.