§ Mr. McNulty
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional costs are incurred within London for policing; and what allowance he makes for this in funding the Metropolitan Police. 
§ Mr. Michael
The additional costs incurred within London for policing fall into two broad categories: firstly, its capital city function—as permanent seat of government and primary location of the Royal Family—and, secondly, its national function (on behalf of the Government).
In 1998–99, £151 million was made available to the Metropolitan Police as a special payment in recognition of this capital city and national function. The special payment is paid as 100 per cent. Home Office grant.