HC Deb 18 May 1994 vol 243 c469W
Mr. Maginnis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of total expenditure on police services in Northern Ireland has been deemed attributable to rate-relevant expenditure for each year since 1985.

Sir John Wheeler

The cost of policing in Northern Ireland is funded by Government from moneys voted by Parliament. However, in order to ensure that ratepayers contribute towards the cost of services which elsewhere in the United Kingdom are provided by local authorities a regional rate is struck. In striking this rate, approximately 25 per cent. of total expenditure each year on police services is deemed attributable to rate relevant expenditure.