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Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat

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.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

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.

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