§ Mr. Ottaway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers there were in the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames(a) on 1 May 1997 and (b) at the latest available date. 
§ Kate Hoey
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police tells me that he is unable to give the information in the form requested, as records are not broken down by the number of officers policing the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The nearest figures that can be provided are those for Kingston Division, which polices the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames together with half of the Borough of Elmbridge.
The relevant statistics are recorded within the Metropolitan police, twice yearly, at 1 January and 1 July. The number of serving police officers in Kingston Division on 1 July 1997 was 355. As at 1 March 1999, the number was 336.7.