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Coal Industry Dispute

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments due to the Metropolitan police are still outstanding from provincial forces in respect of the National Union of Mineworkers strike; what action he proposes to take to obtain immediate payment; and what interest will become payable to the Metropolitan police to compensate for the delays.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the only outstanding payment for mutual aid supplied during the miners' dispute is the difference between the amount of £6,106,266·79 paid by Nottinghamshire and the sum of £6,734,248·79 claimed by the Metropolitan police.The Metropolitan police have asked my right hon. Friend to make a determination in respect of the claim under section 14(4) of the Police Act 1964. We are considering this. No interest payments can be included in a determination.