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Departments: Olympic Games

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's first estimate was of the total contribution to be made from his departmental budget towards the costs of hosting the Olympic Games; and what his Department's latest estimate is of that cost. (133296)

We are in discussion with the Metropolitan Police Service and other relevant Departments and agencies about the costs of ensuring a safe and secure Olympic Games. We have provided the Metropolitan Police Service and other affected police forces with up to £4.6 million in 2007-08 to enable planning and preparation. Once firm proposals and costings are available, they will be evaluated by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary before being considered by the Home Secretary. We will inform Parliament of the outcome of this process when it has concluded.