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Departmental Christmas Cards

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was to each Government Department in the Province of sending Christmas cards in each of the last five years. (74633)

The costs incurred by the 11 Departments of the NI Administration and the Northern Ireland Office on the purchase and distribution of Christmas cards in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2006 are set out in the following table.

£

Department

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

DFP1

392

2,345

1,170

1,018

663

OFMDFM

1,657

2,253

1,067

2,558

1,178

DETI

1,929

2,125

1,570

1,357

1,276

DE

1,167

858

1,264

1,031

0

DSD

799

663

1,926

351

607

DARD1

1,833

1,113

629

831

1,766

DCAL1

2,343

726

0

0

0

DHSSPS1

1,878

1,808

1,712

1,844

252

DOE

686

622

686

734

561

NIO

2,939

5,341

3,922

4,355

6,121

DRD1

652

534

689

634

295

DEL1

150

308

4,527

5,334

4,457

Total

16,425

18,696

19,162

20,047

17,176

1 Postage costs are not available for these Departments.

Note:

Costs for staff time or any notional charges are not included in these figures.