Sir Greg Knight has asked a government minister what the total cost was of Operation Marquee; from which sources that funding was obtained; whether any other scheme or programme budgets have been detrimentally affected by the cost of Operation Marquee; what assessment he has made of the scope and delivery of Operation Marquee; and if he will make a statement.

Operation Marquee covers the four days of the Queen’s lying-in-state, focussing on the arrangements inside Westminster Hall. This includes ceremonial aspects, services and vigils.

In response the chair of the administration comittee has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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