Costs of Pope's State Visit 2010

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Please supply the following information under Freedom of
Information Act 2000:

What is the projected cost of the Pope's 4-day state visit to the UK in September 2010? Please state all costs, including security, travel, accommodation, etc.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Bird

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Mr Bird,

Thank you for your email of 5 July to the FCO regarding costings of the
Papal Visit in September. Please find attached a response to your query.

With kind regards,

Kate Shaw

Kate Shaw | Assistant Desk Officer | Papal Visit Team | WH3.424

Delivery Unit | Global and Economic Issues Directorate | Foreign and
Commonwealth Office | King Charles Street | London SW1A 2AH

*Email: [email address] | ( Tel 020 7 008 6199 | )FTN 8008 6199
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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Thanks for the prompt and detailed reply.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Bird

John Robertson left an annotation ()

Dear Mr Bird,

Thank you for your email of 5 July about the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.

As with any visit of this status, a proportion of the costs will fall to the UK Government.

Costs can be divided into two categories: policing costs, which will be met by the State from existing policing budgets, and non-policing costs, which will be split between the Catholic Church and the Government. Some elements of the Pope's visit are being organised by the Government. However the Masses and other pastoral events are the responsibility of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences. Non-policing costs of the Papal Visit are expected to be in the region of £15 million, including both official and pastoral elements. Planning and discussions are continuing to firm up this estimate and the appropriate contributions from the Government and the Catholic Bishops Conference.

Policing will be provided by local forces and we expect these costs to be met from existing budgets. We cannot confirm the total costs as these will depend on an assessment of the policing required to manage the security issues posed at the time of the visit.

With regard to your query about the practical arrangements of the visit, for this particular
visit, the FCO is not arranging accommodation for the Pope. It is traditional for the Pope to stay in Catholic Church accommodation when he travels abroad. As with any State Visit, the Government will arrange and meet the cost of hotel accommodation for some members of the Papal Delegation, including meals taken at the hotel, and transportation for both the Pope and his delegation.

The Government will host a working dinner for the Papal Delegation during their visit, although, as is his normal practice, the Pope himself will not attend. Other practical arrangements are the responsibility of the Catholic Church.

We will publish more detailed figures in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine Shaw
Papal Visit Team

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