President Trump's state visit

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As the Government, even on their own figures, already short change London over the NICC Capital City and given that the Met's resources are already overstretched, do you agree that the Government should pay the policing costs, which will inevitably be substantial, given his controversial opinions and statements, for President Trump's state visit as a special grant in addition to the NICC?


Answer for President Trump's state visit

Answer for President Trump's state visit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Firstly, and as you are aware, I am in complete agreement with you over London's unfair allocation of the NICC grant. My Deputy Mayor, Sophie Linden, and I are continuing to lobby the Government on this and Sophie raised it at her recent meeting with Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Policing.

However, in order to receive a special grant, and thus for the Government to foot the bill, the cost of the visit would need to exceed 1% of our total budget. This amounts to more than £300million.

Although we still cannot speculate as to what the cost might be, I think it is unlikely to meet this threshold.

Regardless, this does not detract from our need to lobby the Government to ensure a fair funding deal for London and I will continue to do this.