Mess Dress

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17354
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I note reports in the press that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dick has commissioned a tailored royal blue mess jacket and cummerbund from the tailors Gieves & Hawkes of No. 1 Savile Row, at a cost of some £5,000, which she wore at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in June 2019.1 Who paid for this bespoke ceremonial uniform?

1https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7245025/Cressida-Dick-wore-5-000-Savile-Row-uniform-State-dinner-paid-taxpayers.html

Answer

Mess Dress

Mess Dress

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like all serving Metropolitan Police officers, the uniform for the Commissioner is supplied from existing uniform stock, funded through the uniform services budget and made at the time of appointment to the role of Commissioner. It includes uniform needed to meet the required dress code for operational, ceremonial and official duties the Commissioner will undertake throughout her Commissionership. For example, the State Opening of Parliament, Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday, state dinners and ceremonies.

Such items of additional uniform were also made for previous Commissioners and are necessary items for the role. Where possible, elements of existing uniforms and/or accessories are reused and recycled. Where this is not possible and additional items are purchased – such as in the case of the first female Commissioner - they are intended to last the duration of the Commissioner’s time of office.