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MSC Napoli

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will compensate the Devon and Cornwall constabulary for costs incurred policing the beached cargo from the MSC Napoli; and if he will make a statement. (111853)

[holding answer 26 January 2007]: Policing beaches within a force area is the operational responsibility of the police and is therefore an appropriate charge to the budget of the local force. Police authorities are expected to hold contingency reserves to meet exceptional events.

If additional costs incurred by the force are of a magnitude that puts at risk their operational capability, after use of any contingency reserves, then they may apply to the Home Office for special grant support.