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Dover House

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many functions have been held in Dover House in each of the last six years. [115812]

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. The following number of events have been held in Dover House in the three full years since then:

Number of events
2000–0122
2001–0220
2002–0327
The majority of the above have been events sponsored by third parties, often charities, using Dover House as a venue to support work they are doing in Scotland. For example, in 2000–01 and 2001–02, 14 of the events held were third party receptions and in 2002–03, 20 of the events held were third party receptions (with no costs accruing to the Department). The hon. Member himself was instrumental in Dover House being used as a venue to promote tourism as a spin off from the production of a television programe which was filmed in his constituency.