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Departmental Hospitality

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will keep a separate record of the amount spent annually by her Department on alcohol for hospitality purposes. (77197)

Expenditure in the Department is conducted in accordance with the principles of Government accounting as well as the Department’s internal guidance, including that on hospitality.

In line with this, the Department maintains records of expenditure on overall hospitality. The costs associated with expenditure on alcohol are met from within constraints of delegated divisional hospitality and are not separately identified. I have no plans to record these separately.