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Sussex-Surrey Police Merger

EDM number 2032 in 2005-06, proposed by Nick Herbert on 25/04/2006.

That this House supports the Sussex Police Authority in rejecting the Home Secretary's proposal to merge Sussex and Surrey police forces; notes that Sussex Police already serve over 1.5 million residents and cover 1,500 square miles stretching from Chichester in the West to Hastings in the East; further notes that the Home Office has estimated the cost of a Sussex-Surrey merger at £27 million; further notes that precept equalisation could see council tax payers in Sussex having to pay an extra £19 a year for the same level of policing; believes that police forces should be locally accountable and that merger would inevitably mean that the new Force's chief officers would be more remote from the communities which they are meant to serve; regrets that the Home Secretary did not respond to Sussex Police Authority's case for a federal model for forces in the South East; further notes the Chairman of the Sussex Police Authority's comments that the Home Secretary has failed to provide any constructive answers to its key questions on funding and governance; and calls for a referendum of local people before any merger goes ahead.

This motion has been signed by a total of 17 MPs.

Nick Herbert25/04/2006Arundel and South DownsConservativeProposed
Charles Hendry25/04/2006WealdenConservativeSeconded
Nicholas Soames25/04/2006Mid SussexConservativeSeconded
Nigel Waterson25/04/2006EastbourneConservativeSeconded
Tim Loughton25/04/2006East Worthing and ShorehamConservativeSeconded
Gregory Barker25/04/2006Bexhill and BattleConservativeSeconded
Francis Maude25/04/2006HorshamConservativeSigned
Nick Gibb25/04/2006Bognor Regis and LittlehamptonConservativeSigned
Bob Spink26/04/2006Castle PointConservativeSigned
David Wilshire26/04/2006SpelthorneConservativeSigned
Peter Bottomley26/04/2006Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock26/04/2006Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Derek Conway26/04/2006Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
David Amess02/05/2006Southend WestConservativeSigned
Norman Baker02/05/2006LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Rosindell23/05/2006RomfordConservativeSigned
Charles Walker06/06/2006BroxbourneConservativeSigned

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