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Mrs Indira Gandhi (Police Protection)

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of the provision, by the Metropolitan Police, of protection for Mrs. Indira Gandhi, for her journey from Heathrow Airport to Claridges Hotel, in the light of competing demonstrations for and against her visit, by Indians in Great Britain.

The policing arrangements were an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. It would involve disproportionate effort and expense to estimate the additional cost to which the deployment of officers who would not otherwise have been on duty gave rise.