Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Security

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many police officers she expects to work on security for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics;

(2) what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of providing security during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics;

(3) how many private security personnel she expects to work on security for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Government expenditure on venue security is forecast to be £553 million. This budget provides for a pool of 23,700 people to carry out venue security duties. The total number of private security personnel used throughout the Olympic and Paralympic period will not be known until after the games, as this is dependent on workforce shift patterns. The peak number deployed on the busiest days is forecast to be around 18,500. The majority of security personnel will be provided by G4S, with up to 7,500 military personnel performing venue security roles and up to 3,000 London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) volunteers supporting the security operation. We are confident that venue security costs are within budget.

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