§ Mr. Cameron
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables were recruited in the Thames Valley force; and how many special constables left the force, in each year from 1996 to 2000. 
§ Mr. Denham
The recruitment and wastage figures for Thames Valley Special Constabulary for the period 30 September 1996 to 30 September 2000 are set out in the tables.903W
Year Recruitment Wastage 1996 185 168 1997 173 220 1998 74 122 1999 65 101 2000 46 114
Statistics provided by Research. Development and Statistics Department
The Government are committed to increasing the special constabulary and we are looking carefully at radical improvements in their management, welfare and deployment as part of the police reform process.
§ Ross Cranston
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what roles are performed by special constables in the West Midlands Police Force. 
Title (a) Value £ (exc. VAT) (b) Name of successful contractor (c) Benefited from refinancing? (d) Value of benefit accrued to company aconcerned (e) Extent of clawback IT2000 (Sirius) 360 million ICL Alcedo Ltd. (Prime Contractor ICL UK Ltd.—key sub-contractors: Price WaterhouseCoopers, Global No n/a n/a Crossing Criminal Record Bureau 400 million Capita No n/a n/a Passport Application Support System—Front End 100 million Siemens Business Services No n/a n/a Passport Application Support System—Back End 300 million Security Printing and Systems Ltd. No n/a n/a Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) 48.5 million Rebound ECD Ltd. (Group 4 and Tarmac (now Carilion)) No n/a n/a Rainsbrook STC 43.6 million Rebound ECD Ltd. No n/a n/a Hassockfield STC 48.2 million Medomsley Training Services Ltd. (Premier Prison Services and Kvaerner Construction) No n/a n/a Airwave 2.5 billion BT No n/a n/a Quantum—Prison Service IT and telecommunication services 200 million EDS No n/a n/a HMYOI Ashfield 121 million Pucklechurch Custodial Services Ltd. No n/a n/a HMP Forest Bank 197 million Agecroft Prison Management Ltd. No n/a n/a HMP Rye Hill 154 million Onley Prison Services Ltd. No n/a n/a HMP Dovergate 240 million Moreton Prison Services Ltd. No n/a n/a Heat Energy Services at: 7 million Energy Services (UK) Ltd. No n/a n/a HMP Blundeston 7 million HMP Camp Hill 6 million HMP Chelmsford 10 million HMP Dartmoor 8 million HMYOI Deerbolt 6 million HMP Lewes 8 million HMP Parkhurst 2 million HMP Usk/Prescoed — Total 4,766.3 million
§ Mr. Laws
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in relation to key performance indicators in projects involving the Private Finance Initiative; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
[holding answer 20 July 2001]Information on the detailed operation of individual contracts is not held centrally and could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.