§ Mr. Pendry
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what were the total costs incurred by the Royal Parks in staging the 1996 London marathon. 
§ Mr. Sproat
Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks agency under its chief executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from David Welch to Mr. Tom Pendry, dated 19 March 1997:I have been asked by Mr. Iain Sproat to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the costs incurred by the Royal Parks by the 1996 London Marathon because I am responsible for the management of the Royal Parks.The costs, which include the involvement of the Agency's staff in planning for the race, additional Royal Parks Constabulary manpower in the Parks on the day, supervision of the arrangements for the race, and employing contractors to clear up after the event, total £22,750.