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Government Residences

Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish in the Official Report full details of the number of Government residences occupied by Ministers; to what extent the occupation of the same includes heat, light, furniture and other amenities; and, on a basis of free market valuation, what is the estimated annual value of each such occupation.

Six Government residences are customarily occupied by Ministers; the occupation is rent-free and the cost of heat, light, furniture, maintenance, water and a contribution in lieu of rates are met to the full extent by the Exchequer, although domestic service is not provided. As a free market valuation cannot be made of the premises in question it is not possible to give an estimate of the annual value of each occupation.