Metropolitan Police

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 1997.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department 12:00 am, 20th March 1997

I hope that you, Madam Speaker, will permit me to say how pleased I am sure the whole House is to see my right hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Mr. Jopling) in his place on the Conservative Benches this afternoon.

In answer to the hon. Lady's question, between March 1992 and March 1996, a like-for-like comparison shows that about 800 extra uniformed constables were made available to Metropolitan police divisions for operational duties—an increase of 6 per cent. On average, uniformed divisional constables now spend some 10 per cent more time on patrol than in 1992.