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Conferences (Policing Costs)

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Derbyshire of a breakdown of the costs for policing the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations Central Council held in Buxton on 18–19 March.

I understand from the chief constable of Derbyshire that he has notified the county treasurer that the additional costs of policing the meeting are £185,039. This covers police officer and civilian overtime, accommodation and subsistence for police officers, additional equipment, communications, transport, and aid from other forces provided under section 14 of the Police Act 1964.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funds are being made available to the Derbyshire police authority to cover costs arising from policing the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations Central Council held in Buxton on 18–19 March.

Under the arrangements for police specific grant at 51 per cent., and for block grant, the Government contribute well over half the costs of policing in Derbyshire.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has obtained any estimate for additional policing costs projected for the 1988 Conservative party annual conference.

I understand from the chief constable of Sussex that the Sussex police authority has approved a budget of £1·4 million for the estimated additional cost of policing the Conservative party conference in October 1988. The Government meet a sizeable proportion of the costs of all policing in Sussex through normal police funding arrangements of police grant at 51 per cent. plus block grant.