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Police: Football

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to the Metropolitan Police of policing football matches in each of the last five years; and how much was received by charging football clubs in each year. (125331)

In accordance with the special police service arrangements under Section 25 of the Police Act 1996, the Metropolitan Police Authority can seek reimbursement of policing costs incurred through the deployment of officers on the private property of a football club. The Metropolitan Police Service has provided the following figures in respect of the cost of providing special police services at football matches for the last five football seasons. These costs have been recovered from the football clubs. Other policing in the vicinity of football grounds, or associated with football matches is undertaken as part of the ordinary duty of the police to keep law and order.

Football season

Special police services (£)

2001-02

1,970,624

2002-03

1,901,029

2003-04

1,873,777

2004-05

2,521,402

2005-06

2,079,310

Total

10,346,142

Source:

Metropolitan Police Service