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Departmental Hospitality

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will keep a separate record of the amount spent annually by his Department on alcohol for hospitality purposes. (77418)

The Department for Transport does not keep a separate record of the amount spent annually on alcohol for hospitality purposes. Expenditure in the Department is conducted in accordance with the principles of Government accounting. The Department’s policy on hospitality is set out in its staff handbook, which advises that, on each occasion, careful consideration should be given to the need, form and extent of hospitality and whether if it can be justified. Staff are prohibited from claiming alcohol under the Department’s travel and subsistence arrangements.