§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Prime Minister what is the total cost of the bodyguards and those connected with Mr. Mark Thatcher's trip to Los Angeles during the week commencing 3 October.
§ The Prime Minister:
Personal protection in the United Kingdom is provided by the Metropolitan Police Special Branch. It is for it to decide the form the protection should take and what resources to allocate to the task. Both the form of protection and the resources deployed are directly related to the nature of the assessed threat. In the case of my son's recent trip to the United States, the police judged it necessary that he should be accompanied. The additional cost of providing protection for the visit was about £3,200.