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Metropolitan Police

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding per head of population the Metropolitan police received in each year since 1993 from (a) Government and (b) precept; and if he will make a statement.[128757]

The information is set out in the table.

Funding per head of populationPrecept per head of population
July 2000 to March 2001April 2001 to March 2002April 2002 to March 2003Total
Home OfficeHome Orfice535,726175,796
Includes: National Probation Service Criminal
Justice IT Immigration & Nationality Dir
Home Office Total535,726175,796
Home Office AgenciesForensic Science Service2633914501,104
UK Passport Office001111
Prison Service (costs incurred locally by prisons)524332,0292,514
Home Office Agencies Total3158242,4903,629


Figures shown above are £000s


The Forensic Science Service retain the management of their IT infrastructure in-house and therefore allocate a budget to the annual costs of Microsoft Licensing (2003–04 £227,000; 2004–05 £227,000 est).

Neither the Home Department nor the Prison Service and United Kingdom Passport Agency are able to provide budgeting information as requested.


Funding per head of population

Precept per head of population


Funding includes Home Office police grant and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates and Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) reduction grant, Crime Fighting Fund, Airwave, Street Crime Initiative, DNA Expansion programme, London Allowance, free travel, Basic Command Unit (BCU) funding, special priority payments, counter-terrorism funding, capital grant, C3i, Premises Improvement Fund and special grant.

Source for population data (and police grant in 1993–94 and 1994–95) is the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy police statistics (Actuals to 2001–02 and Estimates for 2002–03). Figures for 2003–04 are not yet available so the estimated population figure for 2002–03 has been used.

Source for precept information is the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.