HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 c493W
Mr. Fallon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has made use of Chevening House; and how many of these occasions have included(a) official Government business and (b) the reception of official visitors. [66006]

Mr. Robin Cook

The running costs of Chevening House and Estate are borne not by the Government but by the Chevening Trust. I meet the costs of food, drink and laundry for myself, my family and private guests.

I chaired a meeting at Chevening House on 5 January 1999 to discuss medium-term strategy for the FCO.

I hosted a dinner for the US Foreign Minister, Mrs. Madeleine Albright, on 27 December 1997, and had a meeting with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Mr. Jozias van Aartsen, on 17 August 1998.