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17 September 2015, 11:23
The Government's told Capital the investigation in to the disappearance of Leicestershire girl Madeleine McCann has cost more than £10 million.
Home Office minister Lord Bates said the total cost up to the end of June was £10.1 million and the department has budgeted £2 million for the investigation over the next year.
Madeleine was three when she went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal's Algarve on May 3 2007 and it has become one of the most famous missing persons cases of all time.
Last year Metropolitan Police officers were sent to Praia da Luz to further investigate her disappearance.
Lord Bates disclosed the figure in an answer to a written parliamentary question from Lord Black of Brentwood.
The minister said: ``The total cost of the investigation in to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Operation Grange), up until end of June 2015, is £10.1m. The Home Office has budgeted £2m for the investigation in 2015/16.
``The Home Office funds this work from the Special Grant budget. The level of funding provided to the Metropolitan Police in relation to this investigation is reviewed regularly and will continue to be monitored.''