Police Recruitment (Hampshire)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2 July 2001.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey 2:30, 2 July 2001

I wish I could share the Minister's optimism, but unfortunately in Romsey we are only too acutely aware of the decrease in police numbers, as we have lost seven officers recently. Bearing in mind the fact that many young police men and women in Hampshire cannot contribute to the police pension fund because they simply cannot manage on the money, and that the chief constable asked for £2,000 a year extra as the Hampshire weighting and that was not given, how will the Minister redress the problems that are not being resolved? Will he take notice of the chief constable of Hampshire?