§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Prime Minister (1) what is the latest figure for the cost of entertaining at (a) Chequers and (b) 10 Downing street since (i) May 1979 and (ii) July 1983;
(2) what is the latest cost figure for maintaining her Private Office since May 1979;
(3) what is the latest figure for the cost of her foreign tours since May 1979.
§ The Prime Minister
The cost of maintaining my Office since 1979 (including the full costs for the financial year 1979–80) is £25,350,000; of foreign visits since May 1979 is £2,923,000; and of entertainment (i) since May 1979 is £146,000 and (ii) since July 1983 is £82,000. The figures for entertainment cover both Chequers and No. 10 Downing street; the information is not available by location.