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Departmental Hospitality

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will keep separate records of the amount spent annually on alcohol for hospitality purposes in (a) the Department and (b) his private office. (77201)

The information requested is not recorded separately. The Treasury’s expenditure on official entertainment is incurred in accordance with the principles of “Government Accounting” as well as the Department’s own internal guidance, which provides that expenditure on official entertainment should be incurred in moderation and also be compatible with the occasion and the standing of guests.