Written statement to Parliament
Baroness Thatcher's funeral: final costs published
This 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:
|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|
|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|
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.