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To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the police and crime commissioner elections held in November 2012; and what is their forecast of the running costs of the commissioners, deputy commissioners and their offices over the next four years.
Until all claims for election expenses are received from returning officers we cannot give a definitive figure, but we estimate that the police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections cost £75 million.
We do not expect the running costs and day-to-day expenditure of PCCs to be any greater than that of existing police authorities, which was less than 1% of the total cost of policing. However, it will be for PCCs to decide on the support needed in their offices, and to publish those costs and justify them to the public.