To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police horses are currently in service with the Metropolitan police; what were the figures (a) one and (b) two years ago; what costs were involved in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
I am advised by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis of the information set out in the table.
|In service||Annual cost per horse1 £|
|Current||160||3,000 to 4,000|
|As at 31 March 1994||193||3,000 to 4,000|
|As at 31 March 1993||190||2,000 to 3,000|
|1 The annual cost is an average figure and does not include staff costs.|