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Political Parties: Conferences

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs were of policing the annual party political conferences in each of the last three years; and how these costs were met. (165649)

Costs of policing annual party conferences fall to the relevant police authority. In recent years the Home Office has provided additional grant to the forces responsible for policing the annual conference of the two main parties. The amount of additional grant paid in the last three years is set out in the following table.

Year of party conference

Force

Amount of Government special grant (£ million)

Labour

National autumn conferences

2005-06

Sussex

3.589

2006-07

Greater Manchester

3.984

2007-08

Dorset

5.320

Conservative

National autumn conferences

2005-06

Lancashire

1.400

2006-07

Dorset

2.150

2007-08

Lancashire

1.797