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Royal Protection

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which departmental budget the costs of (a) the Yeomen of the Queen's Bodyguard and (b) the Gentlemen at Arms are paid; and what the budget was in each of the last 10 years. [124638]

Until 31 March 2001 the cost of the Yeoman of The Queen's Bodyguard and the Gentlemen at Arms was met from the grant-in-aid for the Maintenance of the Occupied Royal Palaces in England, provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The 2000 Royal Trustees Report agreed that certain expenditure met from the Votes of Government Departments or from the Consolidated Fund should be met from the Civil List with effect from 1 April 2001. The costs of the Yeoman of The Queen's Bodyguard and the Gentlemen at Arms have been met from the Civil List since 1 April 2001. Her Majesty's Treasury also contributes towards the costs of ceremonial dress of the Captains of the Yeoman of the Queen's Bodyguard and the Gentlemen at Arms, who are also Government Whips.The information from 1992–93 onwards is as follows:

£
1992–93DCMS39,000
1993–94DCMS55,000
1994–95DCMS68,000
1995–96DCMS56,000
1996–97DCMS60,000
1997–98DCMS74,000
1998–99DCMS69,000
1999–2000DCMS78,000
2000–01DCMS83,000
2001–02Civil List161,000
2002–03Civil List273,000
1 The Civil List accounts for expenditure on a calendar year and this figure therefore covers the period 1 April to 31 December 2001.
2 The Civil List figure covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2002.
The Civil List costs include charges for Gentlemen Ushers.