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Metropolitan Police: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding per head of the population in London the Metropolitan police force received for (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national policing purposes in each of the last five years. (127303)

The Police Grant Settlement 2007-08 is based on the police funding formula which provides an assessment of the relative need of each police force in England and Wales. This assessment is based on the social characteristics of each police authority, including its population, which are considered to affect the level of demand for police services in the community. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) also receives a range of specific grants to reflect its local and national responsibilities.

The MPS continues to receive an annual special payment as part of its police grant, in recognition of its unique capital city and national functions.

Details for the last five years are set out in the table.

Metropolitan Police Service funding 2003-04 to 2007-08

£ million

General grant

Specific grants

Total

2003-04

1,764.1

288.3

2,052.4

2004-05

1,822.0

311.1

2,133.1

2005-06

1,763.6

490.9

2,254.5

2006-07

1,823.5

558.9

2,382.4

2007-08

1,883.7

578.4

2,462.1

Notes:

1. Prior to 2006-07 pensions and security arrangements were included within General Grant. General Grant figure for 2005-06 has been adjusted to allow direct comparison with 2006-07.

2. The MPS continues to receive an annual special payment as part of its police grant in recognition of its unique capital city and national functions. This was £192 million in 2007-08.