§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the(a) cost of and (b) charge for an overnight stay is at each ambassador's and high commissioner's official residence; and what rules and protocols govern the calculation of charges to users. 776W
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
[holding answer 22 April 2004]: We have no record of official guests being charged to stay at residences overseas, although they may be invited to leave a small gratuity for the domestic staff. Costs to the Government would be limited to providing meals for the guests and costs such as utilities, laundry, and subsistence where applicable.