Cost of flights and hotels for MPS officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3024
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the cost of (1) flights, and (2) hotels for MPS officers for 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to date. Please also break down the costs for the flights for each year by first class, business and economy.

Answers

Cost of flights and hotels for MPS officers
Cost of flights and hotels for MPS officers

Cost of flights and hotels for MPS officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS expect MPS personnel to travel by the most economical means possible that is compatible with the requirements of the deployment. MPS Travel Services book the cheapest available travel at the time of booking.

All international flights are authorised by NPCC officers and UK flights by OCU Commanders. Business Class travel can be authorised by NPCC officers for flights in excess of 6 hours. The majority of officers flying First/Business Class are protection officers who are accompanying their principal.

The figures in both tables below are for MPS officers/staff, National Police Chief Council officers/staff, and non-MPS Counter Terrorism officers/staff. Around 85-88% of the cost is for externally funded policing.

The increase in flight costs between 2017/18 and 2018/19 is due to an increase in demand, including a significant increase in long haul travel, with Specialist Ops and in particular the Royalty and Specialist Protection command, experiencing additional demand.

Hotel costs are indicative spends as provided by the Travel Provider. MPS Travel Services do not hold the actual costs incurred as the hotels operate a policy of payment on departure (PoD) by the individual who used the hotel premises. MPS personnel reclaim the expenses incurred by submitting claims for reimbursement to their own OCU.

 

(1) Total cost of flights per FY and breakdown of First and Business class travel:

Period

Ticket Class

Total (£m)

1 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

First Class

£0.141

 

Business Class

Premium Economy

Economy

£1.373

£0.575

£1.382

 

Total

£3.471

1 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

First Class

    £0.263

 

Business Class

Premium Economy

Economy

£1.031

£0.537

£1,589

 

Total

£3.420

1 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

First Class

     £0.167

 

Business Class

Premium Economy

Economy

£1.960

£1.181

£1.312

 

Total

£4.620

 

(2) Total cost of hotels per FY:

Period

Hotel Total Cost

1 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

£1,119,410

1 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

£1,635,784

1 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

£2,026,105