The Prime Ministers Spokesman (PMS) provided an update on the costs of Lady Thatcher’s funeral. He told journalists that the estimated cost of the funeral to the public purse was 1.6 million. Of this, around 500,000 related to ceremonial costs, (including costs associated with the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Mansion House reception, and with the printing and circulation of invitations), and 1.1 million related to additional policing and security costs.
The opportunity costs for policing i.e. the costs for police officers who would have been on duty anyway, were around 2 million. Asked whether the estimate included the opportunity cost of troops, the PMS said that it did not.
He also said that Lady Thatcher’s family made an additional financial contribution to pay for the undertaking costs and for the flowers. The PMS said final figures would be published before the Summer recess.
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