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Departmental Hospitality

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department’s expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in 2005-06; and what his predecessor Department’s expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in 1996-97. (114041)

In the 2005-06 fiscal year, the Department spent £626,000 on hospitality and entertainment. There are no figures provided for DEFRA’s predecessor Departments in 1996-97 as this information could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost. The Prime Minister’s answer to the right hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) of 9 February 1998, Official Report, column 17W, provides the global figure for Government expenditure on ministerial entertaining and hospitality for official purposes in 1996-97.

All expenditure of official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting.