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MPs query games security cost hike; olympics.

ESTIMATES that a 10,000-strong security force would be needed for the London 2012 Games was a 'finger-in-the-air' figure, the Home Office said yesterday.

Dame Helen Ghosh, the Home Office permanent secretary, used the phrase when responding to the Public Account Committee's questions on why costs had increased.

Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, asked: "I just wondered why the costs have jumped? "Last year's spending review said it was going to cost pounds 282million and now suddenly it has jumped to pounds 585million. Why that big jump?" Dame Helen said: "We did not mis-underestimate.

We did not have the facts on which to do the planning.

"We now have the facts on which to do the planning.

"This is realistic - that was slightly finger-in-the-air, we think it is 10,000 and that would cost us pounds 282 million."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2011
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