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Prime Minister’s land purchase

Asked who in Government cleared the Prime Minister’s purchase of land from his neighbour Lord Chadlington, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said the Prime Minister handled the issue properly and in accordance with the ministerial code. He said the Prime Minister had sought assurances from the Government’s Head of Propriety and Ethics and the Principal Private Secretary at No10, who both advised him that as it was a public transaction and the full market rate had been paid for the land, there was no need to declare it in the list of ministers’ interests. Asked how the Prime Minister could be sure the full market rate was paid, the PMS said the land was independently valued. Asked if the Prime Minister would publish a list of all meetings he had had with Lord Chadlington, the PMS said there was a process for publishing ministerial meetings on a quarterly basis. Asked further questions on the land purchase, the PMS said the clear advice from the Head of Propriety and Ethics was that there was no conflict of interest.

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