§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from conference towns and police authorities on the cost of security for party conferences.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have received recent representations from 12 hon. and right hon. Members—nine of whom represent districts in which party conferences are held—one district chamber of commerce and a number of members of the public.
We have considered all representations carefully, but have concluded that we would not be justified in departing from normal police funding arrangements in these cases.