Mr. McNulty: The annual cost to the Home Office of maintaining the national 101 telephony infrastructure will be £950,000. This funding will ensure that the 101 number continues to be available for all local areas. This funding will ensure that the 101 number continues to be available for all local areas to use to maintain or develop their own locally funded 101 service" - April 1st 2008 Hansard
"A non-emergency phone line planned as an alternative to 999 has been rescued by a group of councils after funding was halted by the Home Office." - March 31st 2008 BBC NewsCall me cynical if you must, but if funding was "halted" and Councils have had to club together and intervene; where is the near million quid going? Maybe Tony was just joking given the date?