§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 November,Official Report, column 555, how much of the sums paid for clothing to members of the royal family and those accompanying them went to (a) the Duke and Duchess of Kent and (b) the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; and what sum was devoted to hiring charges. 
§ Mr. Rifkind
In 1995–96, the cost to my Department for clothing for official overseas visits by the Duke and Duchess of Kent and those accompanying them was £5,300; for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and those accompanying them, it was £3,000.
None of these sums was devoted to hiring charges.