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Ministers (Official Residences)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Prime Minister what Ministers are now provided with official residences.

Rent-free official residences are provided for the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (who is not at present occupying it), the Lord Chancellor (as Speaker of the House of Lords) and the First Lord of the Admiralty. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister of Transport have residential accommodation in official premises for which they pay rent.

Is there a certain measure of official accommodation provided for other Ministers, without having complete flats?

There are cases where there is lavatory and washing accommodation, and there are cases where a Minister has a bed in which, if he is kept late, he can sleep. Nothing else in the way of residence is provided.