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Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use civil servants in his Department have made of Dorneywood in the last 12 months. (176407)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron), 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1077W. Ministers and civil servants have used Dorneywood for official events over the past 12 months. Dorneywood is held in trust for use as an official residence, as has been the case under successive Administrations. It is the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and is also available to Ministers and their civil servants for official engagements. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such engagements.