Boris Johnson used his White House style press conference room, which cost the taxpayer £ 2.6million, to enjoy a screening of the new James Bond film with No 10 staff.
It was understood that the Prime Minister attended the After Hours screening of No Time to Die at 9 Downing Street on Thursday.
Lobby briefings with Westminster political reporters instead took place in a No 10 room that day, as well as on Friday.
A spokesperson for No 10 said: ‘The Prime Minister met with Pinewood Studios, Universal Pictures, Eon Productions and the BFI to congratulate them on the success of the latest James Bond installment – a testament to the talent of the UK creative industry .
An evening film screening was held for the staff, who made voluntary donations with all proceeds going to Sarcoma UK. “
All installation costs would have been borne by the companies involved, and similar projections have already taken place.
The PA Media news agency revealed in March, through a Freedom of Information Act request, that renovations to the old No.9 courtroom cost the taxpayer 2.6. million pounds sterling.
The renovations came as part of plans to hold daily televised press conferences at the site and to be led by former journalist Allegra Stratton, who has been appointed press secretary to the Prime Minister.
But in April, it emerged that the plans had been scrapped due to concerns about the “political risk” involved, and Stratton was brought in as a spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit.
Labor criticized the controversial transformation into an ‘unnecessary vanity project’ and said the money should have been spent to give NHS workers a pay rise. The opposition also accused Johnson of “running scared of the exam.”
Johnson and his ministers have since used the room primarily for national coronavirus briefings.