Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Security

Home Office written question – answered on 28th September 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government made (a) before and (b) after 7 July 2005 of the likely security costs for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under Secretary for Home Office (Jointly with Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for International Development), Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for Communities and Local Government (Jointly with Home Office and Department for International Development), Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for International Development (Jointly with Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Government first announced the funding package for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in March 2007 [HCDebs dated 15 March 2007- Hansard Column 450]. This included a preliminary estimate of £600 million for policing and wider security tasks. In addition, £238 million was set aside as contingency.

The final cost of policing and wider security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was £423 million and the final cost of venue security was £429 million. [WMS dated 16 July 2013- Hansard Column 71ws].

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