Written statement to Parliament

Baroness Thatcher's funeral: final costs published

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The confirmed costs for the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, delivered in a written ministerial statement by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

On 25 April 2013 the Cabinet Office published an estimate of the costs of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, and confirmed that the final amount of public money spent would be published before the summer recess.

The confirmed costs for the funeral are £261,976, which includes staff overtime, where appropriate. Original estimated costs (from April 2013) were around £500,000.

The costs for the organisations involved are as follows:

Organisation Cost (£)
Cabinet Office 31,978
City of London Corporation 7,000
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 78,244
Greater London Authority 8,311
London Ambulance Service 20,445
Ministry of Defence 39,057
Parliament 1,700
St Paul’s Cathedral 67,908
Transport for London 1,000
Westminster City Council 6,333

The St Paul’s Cathedral costs were paid for by the Cabinet Office but are listed separately for greater clarity.

The direct policing and security costs for the funeral are £943,833. Original estimated costs (from April 2013) were £1.1 million.

The costs for each police service involved are as follows:

Police service Cost (£)
British Transport Police 25,233
City of London Police 73,000
Metropolitan Police 845,600

Both figures are the marginal costs, meaning money spent specifically on the funeral, as opposed to costs that would have been incurred in any case.

No public money was spent on the reception at the Guildhall, which was paid for by the City of London Corporation and not out of public funds.

Further costs were met by Baroness Thatcher’s estate.