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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he keeps a record of those he has entertained at No. 11 Downing street when the costs are met from public funds. (106530)

Information on visitors to No. 11 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs. All expenditure on official hospitality is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in “Government Accounting”.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) expenses, (b) travel, (c) hotels and (d) meals by staff in his Department during business visits in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 1996-97; and how many staff have made claims for such items. (110264)

For the Treasury’s costs in 2004-05 and 2005-06 on subsistence, which includes accommodation and meals on business visits, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer that I gave the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 16 October 2006, Official Report, column 1060W. For the Treasury’s costs in 2004-05 and 2005-06 on travel, I refer to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 719W. Information on the number of staff making claims or for the costs in 1996-97 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.