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Crown Lands and Estates

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of each royal property is in 2008-09. (247976)

The royal household receives £15 million a year from my Department to meet the costs of property maintenance; utilities; telephones and related services at the occupied royal palaces in England. As given in the Royal Public Finances Annual Reports 2007-08, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House (, the maintenance costs of the occupied royal palaces for the year to 31 March 2008 (the most recent year for which there are figures) were:

Maintenance costs (£ million)

Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace Mews and Gardens


St. James's Palace


Clarence House and Marlborough House Mews


Kensington Palace


Hampton Court Mews and Paddocks


Windsor Castle


Windsor Castle Royal Mews


Windsor Home and Great Parks


Most of these costs were met from the grant in aid, the remainder from income from a facilities management charge paid by the Royal Collection Trust, £1.8 million in 2007-08.