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Edinburgh Castle Reception (Cost)

Volume 12: debated on Wednesday 11 November 1981

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22.

asked the Secretary of Slate for Scotland who was present at the recent dinner which he hosted at Edinburgh Castle on the occasion of the visit to Scotland by the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the European Communities; how much the reception cost; and whether the cost was met out of his own departmental budget.

Thirty-three people were present at the dinner I gave on 9 October to mark the visit to Scotland of the Deputy Permanent Representatives and their wives: the party numbered 22. The others present, in addition to my wife, myself and my private secretary, were three senior officials of the Scottish Office and the Scottish representative of the Commission in Scotland, with their wives. The total cost was £942·01, which was met by the Scottish Office.