HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 c15W
Mr. Hall

To ask the Prime Minister (1) if the rules for holding fundraising and party political events at No. 10 Downing street are applied to Chequers, No. 11 Downing street, No. 12 Downing street, Dorneywood and Chevening; [27517]

(2) if he will list the date, host and purpose of all non-official party receptions or functions held at No. 10 Downing street and Chequers since November 1990. [27516]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 1 May 1996]:Ministers under this and previous Administrations have been allowed-at their own or party expense—to host non-official or party receptions or functions in Downing street. All catering, staff and other direct costs must be met by the organisers of the event. Appropriate arrangements are required for security clearance.

The same rules are applied at Chequers, Chevening and Dorneywood within the overall arrangements made by the trustees with each occupant.

The details of individual functions are not a matter for the Government.

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