Wales written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales

(1) what assessment she has made of any link between levels of spending on policing in Wales and the number of front-line police officers in Wales;

(2) what estimate she has made of the effect on the number of police officers in Wales of reductions in spending on policing up to 2015;

(3) what discussions she has with ministerial colleagues on the effect of reductions in expenditure on policing on Wales.

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues about a range of matters relating to policing in Wales.

We have set a challenging but manageable funding settlement for the police service. It is a matter for the chief constable and the police authority in each force to determine the number of police officers that are deployed within the available resource.

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