§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are currently employed by the Ministry of Defence Police; and what was the figure ten years ago. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 3 March 1999]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence Police. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.870W
Letter from Walter Boreham to Mr. Mike Hancock, dated 4 March 1999:I am replying to your Question to the Secretary of State for Defence about the complement of the Ministry of Defence Police, both the current manning levels and those of ten years ago, as this falls into my area of responsibility as Chief Constable/Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence Police Agency.The strength for the Ministry of Defence Police on 23rd February 1999 was 3,609 with 245 civilian support staff. The strength figure of 1st May 1989 was 4,613 and 92 civilian staff.