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Dorneywood: Official Hospitality

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Ministers have used Dorneywood for departmental functions or events since June 2007. (210875)

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by the Exchequer Secretary to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 939W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 1962W, on Dorneywood, if he will place in the Library the guidance issued to Ministers on the use and availability of Dorneywood for Government meetings and seminars. (210950)

Guidance on the use of official residences is set out in the “Ministerial Code”. Dorneywood is held in Trust for use as an official residence, as has been the case under successive administrations. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has the use of Dorneywood as an official residence. The Chancellor and the Trustees have now made Dorneywood available to other Ministers to use for official engagements.