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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimate is of the total spending of her Department in all forms of entertainment in each year from 1994–95 to 2002–03; and if she will make a statement. [92407]

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. Since that date the Department has spent the following on hospitality and entertainment:

All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in Government Accounting.