HC Deb 14 December 1983 vol 50 cc489-90W
Mr. John David Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total estimated annual cost of providing personal security guards for politicians, members of the judiciary, and other public figures in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Scott

On the basis of current tasks, it is estimated that some £1.3 million is spent annually on such arrangements. However, the number of officers engaged on protection duties—and therefore the cost—are fluctuating constantly in the light of fresh assessments.