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Conference on Public Services

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost was of the conference on public services held on 6 June 2006 by the National School of Government. (78269)

The National School of Government’s estimate for the total cost of the conference “21st Century Public Services—Putting People First” on public service reform held on 6 June 2006 at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre is £281,000 (including VAT).

This figure includes all contract costs and expenses paid out for the event by the National School of Government, and by other delivery partners in Cabinet Office.

The figures given are taken from actual invoices and financial estimates maintained for the project. Most invoices have now been received and are in the process of payment. For any outstanding invoices, detailed estimates of costs have been obtained from suppliers. Figures given have been rounded.

External speakers, including the three international speakers, made their contributions on an expenses-only basis and no fees were paid for the preparation or delivery of any of the 11 speaker presentations at the conference.