To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of policing badger culls; and how such costs will be funded.
The nature and scale of the policing response will depend on specific intelligence available at the time. However, an estimate of police costs has been developed through discussion with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Home Office. This initial estimate suggests a cost in the region of £0.5 million per area per year for the four years when culling would take place in the two pilot areas based on a standard policing operation to maintain public order and safety. DEFRA has confirmed that it will cover the reasonable additional costs of policing this policy, which would not be part of the duties normally expected of the police.