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Prime Minister’s move to Downing Street

Asked what the limit was for the costs of refurbishing the flats at 10 Downing Street, the PMS said that there was a maintenance budget and that details were published when asked through Parliamentary Questions.

Put that the answers would refer to previous financial years, and asked how much was available for the current refurbishment, the PMS said that advance budgetary information for Downing Street was not set out; each Government department had a budget set for this year and that level of detail on departmental budgets was not set out in advance.

Asked when the budget was set, the PMS said it would have been when overall departmental budgets were set, with Downing Street’s budget forming part of the Cabinet Office budget.

Asked whether this would have been as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the PMS confirmed that it would have been.

Asked how the planned 6.2billion cuts in Government spending would affect the renovation budget, the PMS said that Cabinet Office would set out details of precisely where reductions would be made.

Asked when the Prime Minister and his family would move into Downing Street, the PMS said that there were removal vans in the street as he left for the briefing.

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