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10 Downing Street

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 942-43W, on 10 Downing Street, how many desk spaces are allocated to the Downing Street Political Office; (241901)

(2) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 795W, on Departmental Staff, how many staff work in the Downing Street Political Office according to records held by the Downing Street switchboard.

As has been the practice under successive Governments, staffing and associated costs for the Political Office are met from party funds.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 942-3W, on 10 Downing Street, whether the table showing the 87 members of staff working in the Cabinet Office who were not employed by the Civil Service includes those in the Downing Street Political Office. (241903)

The 87 members of staff did not include Political Office staff. As has been the practice under successive Governments, staffing and associated costs for the Political Office are met from party funds.