The Independent, Home News
By Marie Woolf and Raymond Whitaker
It's one of the Government's most closely guarded secrets. But we can reveal the contents of the fabled Whitehall cellar.
Nearly 40,000 of Britain's most closely guarded secrets are held in the vaults of Lancaster House, just off The Mall in London. The details are so sensitive that the Government has resisted several attempts under the Freedom of Information Act to have them made public.
Today, however, The Independent on Sunday is in a position to lift a corner of this shroud of secrecy. Since Tony Blair took office in 1997, we can reveal, New Labour has spent almost £1m of taxpayers' money on replenishing the supplies cellared under Lancaster House.
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