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Official Hospitality

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the expenditure by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on official hospitality for (i) 1980–81, (ii) 1987–88, (iii) 1990–91, (iv) 1991–92, (v) 1992–93, (vi) 1993–94, (vii) 1994–95, (viii) 1995–96, (ix) 1996–97 and (x) 1 May to 30 September 1997. [15246]

[holding answer 11 November 1997]: Expenditure on official hospitality by The Scottish Office and its departmental agencies is shown in the table.

YearThe Scottish Office£Scottish Office agencies£
1980–8118,427not applicable
1987–8841,983not applicable
1997–98 (May to September)19,77412,046
1 This figure includes expenditure on hospitality during the EC Council Meeting in Edinburgh in December 1992.
2 In addition, in 1995–96 The Scottish Office spent £34,680 on hospitality as part of the Government's contribution to the VE Day and VJ Day commemorations.
Information on hospitality spending by non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.