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Defence Exhibition

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost of holding the Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition in September was to (a) the Ministry of Defence, (b) the Department of Trade and Industry, (c) Trade Partners UK and (d) other government departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement. [129776]

In reply to the hon. Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) on 20 May 2003, Official Report, columns 677–78 W, I provided an estimate of the direct cost of the exhibition to the Ministry of Defence. The final cost remains to be established, but we do not expect it to exceed the estimated figure.The Metropolitan police estimate a total of £1.48 million in additional pay and other costs associated with policing the event. British Transport Police estimate their cost of policing the event as £250,000. As above, the final cost remains to be established.Neither the Department of Trade and Industry nor Trade Partners UK incurred costs.