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Official Residences (Costs)

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Prime Minister if she will provide the final figure for 1987–88 for (a) the cost of maintaining and running 10 Downing street and additional costs at Chequers, (b) the grant-in-aid to the Chequers Trust and (c) the costs on a consistent basis and expressed at constant 1984–85 prices.

Final figures for 1987–88 are not yet available. The latest estimates of the figures requested are:

£
(a) cost of maintaining and running 10 Downing street and additional costs at Chequers1 2 35,278,618
(b) the grant-in-aid to the Chequers Trust224,000
(c) figures at (a) and (b) in 1984–85 price terms4(a) 4,593,956
(b) 194,946
Notes:
1 The figures include costs at both 10 Downing street and Chequers; the information is not available by location.
2 Salaries and wages, notional pension liability, administration costs, the costs of office services and the grant-in-aid to the Chequers Trust are included. The salary of the Prime Minister is excluded.
3 This total is calculated on a consistent basis with the total for 1986–87 given in sub-paragraph (a) of the reply to the hon. Member on 23 October 1987, at column 846. If office services costs are excluded (to produce a figure consistent with those at sub-paragraph (c) of that reply) the total for 1987–88 is £4,774,143 (£4,154,914 at constant 1984–85 prices).
4 Constant costs have been calculated using the Treasury's GDP deflator for 1986–87 rebased to 1984–85.