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10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what events have been held at 10 Downing Street since 1 August 2008; (228945)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of invitations sent out for the last 10 events held at 10 Downing Street;

(3) by what process the themes for events held at 10 Downing Street are chosen;

(4) whether any hon. or right hon. Members other than Cabinet Ministers have been invited to host or co-host events in 10 Downing Street in the last year;

(5) what guidance has been issued on the apportionment of costs arising from events held at 10 Downing Street;

(6) on how many occasions events were held at 10 Downing Street at a cost to the public purse in 2007-08; and what the total cost was of such events;

(7) if he will place in the Library a copy of the attendance list for each of the last 10 events held at 10 Downing Street;

(8) from which budget the cost of drinks provided at events held at 10 Downing Street is met.

Information on official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing Street is published by means of an annual list as soon as it is ready at the end of the financial year.

These events consist of official dinners and events for foreign leaders and other dignitaries, receptions for business leaders, community and charity representatives and sportsmen and women. In the past few years, an increased programme of events at Downing street has been introduced in order to give access to as many people as possible, including children and regular receptions for a wide cross-section of the community.

Information for 2007-08 was published on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 108-110WS.