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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on food and alcohol for its staff working out of office in each year since 2001-02. (91922)

Expenditure on food and alcohol consumed by staff working on detached duty is not distinguished separately from the associated expenditure on travel and accommodation and could be provided at disproportionate cost only. The conduct of civilian staff on detached duty is guided by principles set out in the Civil Service Code of Conduct and in Government Accounting. The MOD Civilian Travel Manual emphasises the need to exercise economy and observe the highest standards of financial propriety.