Julian Assange

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What has been the cost of policing the Ecuador Embassy because of the presence there of Julian Assange? What progress has there been in getting the Government to cover the cost of this policing? How many times have you or your office contacted the Swedish Authorities since June 2012 to encourage a resolution of this stand off?


Answer for Julian Assange

Answer for Julian Assange

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The estimated direct cost of policing the Ecuadorian Embassy between June 2012 and the end of July 2015 is £10.1m, of which £6.9m is opportunity costs (Police Officer pay costs that would be incurred in normal duties) and £3.2m additional costs (estimated additional police overtime as a direct result of the deployments at the Ecuadorian Embassy). The costs provided are an estimate based on averages.


The MPS operational response to this matter is considered in light of a range of factors and decisions in relation to the policing of this issue are kept under constant review. In addition, they are in regular contact with both the Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office in relation to bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.


Discussions with the Swedish Authorities are for central government, not the mayoralty.