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Departmental Official Residences

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what guidance has been issued on the use of official residences by former Ministers of the Crown; and what liability such individuals have for meeting associated costs; (193174)

(2) what guidance his Department has issued on the council tax liabilities of Ministers in official residences in the last 12 months.

[holding answer 10 March 2008]: The ministerial code provides guidance on the use of official residences. Arrangements are in place to ensure that Ministers who are allocated official residences are provided with guidance on their council tax liability. In addition, Ministers who are allocated official residences pay tax on ancillary services associated with the residences, which are provided for use in the private part of the accommodation and which constitute a taxable benefit in kind.