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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost to public funds has been of entertainment at (a) Chequers, (b) Chevening and (c) Dorneywood since 1 May 1997. (151277)

For information on entertainment costs at Chequers for the financial year 2006-07 I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1108W. For information prior to this date I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor, the right hon. Tony Blair, on 11 October 2006, Official Report, column 794W.

Responsibility for Chevening is a matter for the Foreign Office. In respect of Dorneywood, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Parliamentary Secretary at the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Chris Leslie) on 28 March 2003, Official Report, column 484W. Since my right hon. Friend the former Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Prescott) relinquished the use of Dorneywood, any costs associated with official use have fallen to the relevant Department.