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Hillsborough Castle: Official Hospitality

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of receptions held at Hillsborough Castle in each of the last five years, broken down by event. (194759)

The costs of receptions held at Hillsborough Castle are only available for the last three financial years and are as follows:

£

2005-06

126,073.39

2006-07

237,295.10

2007-08

211,436.95

These figures cover a large number of events and receptions in line with my wish, and that of my predecessors, to make Hillsborough Castle as accessible as possible to a cross section of the community. These include people from the emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and local community groups. The largest of these events is the annual garden party, attended by senior members of the royal family.