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Mr Shelepin (Visit)

Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the total cost and numbers of police involved in security duty during the visit by Mr. Shelepin; and whether the TUC has been asked to make a contribution.

As I explained on 10th April in answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Mr. Moonman)—[Vol. 889, c. 437–8.]—it would involve considerable work to estimate the additional cost to which the deployment of officers who would not otherwise have been on duty gave rise. The arrangements made by the police were in the course of accepted obligations for public order and the avoidance of incidents and, therefore, no question of seeking a contribution arose.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of police protection for Alexander Shelepin; and how many days' leave were lost to police officers as a result.

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on 10th April in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Mr. Moonman)—[Vol. 889, c. 437–8.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra costs to the Metropolitan and other police forces involved were incurred in providing protection for Mr. Shelepin on his recent visit to Great Britain; and what contribution to such costs has been made by the TUC.

Two police forces were involved, the Metropolitan Police and the Ayrshire Constabulary. It would involve considerable work to estimate the additional cost to which the deployment of Metropolitan Police officers who would not otherwise have been on duty gave rise. The question of additional costs incurred by the Ayrshire Constabulary is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. The arrangements made by the police were in the course of accepted obligations for public order and the avoidance of incidents and, therefore, no question of seeking a contribution arose.