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Borders: Police

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has allocated to border policing in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (282651)

Local forces have responsibility for policing at the border. However, between 1998-99 and 2008-09 the Home Office contribution to these costs rose from £121.4 million to £222.4 million, an increase of 83.2 per cent. over this period.

The costs of police at ports are met as part of the forces overall policing duties and the division of these funds is a matter for each force, in consultation with the police authority. In some cases, such as where an airport is “designated” under the Aviation Security Act 1982, contributions are provided by airport operators. Provisions included within the Police and Crime Bill currently being debated in the other place, include the requirement for all airports to provide such contributions. No central record is kept of these costs.

In addition, between April 1998 and April 2009 the Home Office made a contribution to the costs of special branch officers at ports as a part of the dedicated security post grants. From April 2009 funding of these posts will be made as part of the wider funding of police counter terrorism activity. The overall level of the dedicated security post grants for the years it was allocated is detailed in the following table. For security reasons, we do not disclose the breakdown of this grant between different security functions.

£ million

1998-99

121.4

1999-2000

142.5

2000-01

146.8

2001-02

154.5

2002-03

155.3

2003-04

196.5

2004-05

203.4

2005-06

212.6

2006-07

212.6

2007-08

212.6

2008-09

222.4