Mark Hendrick (Preston, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the costs of elected police commissioners in financial year (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and from which budgets this funding will be drawn.
Nick Herbert (Minister of State, Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)
In 2012-13 the first elections of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will cost £75 million. Running costs, in all years, should be no more than the current cost of police authorities, up to £78 million per year. Running costs will continue to come from a mixture of central Government funding and local precept, as is the case currently for police authorities. Elections costs will be borne by the Home Office, and will not come from money that would otherwise have gone to policing.