Firearm licencing

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recent media reports suggest that the cost of a firearms licence covers only a quarter of what it costs the police to run the licensing scheme, costing the police service £17m a year to cover the shortfall. Could you break down by year, since 2008 how much firearms licencing has cost the MPS?


Answer for Firearm licencing

Answer for Firearm licencing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Mayor's initial response, received on 16 June 2014, was:

The net costs of the Firearms Licencing team within the Armed Policing Unit are as follows:

2008/09 - £3.4M

2009/10 - £3.4M

2010/11 - £3.4M

2011/12 - £3.5M

2012/13 - £3.5M


A revised response from the Mayor was received 19 August 2014, as follows:

Further to my original response to MQs 1747 and 2110, additional information has now been provided by the MPS, which enables me to answer your question in more detail.

Please see my response to MQ 2014/2110.