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Hospitality: Dining Rooms

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

23. To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of the cost to the public purse of providing hospitality via the Commons dining rooms. (126356)

After inclusion of purchase costs and the cost of staff directly engaged by the Refreshment Department in the booking and delivery of banqueting services, a net profit of over £960,000 was made from hospitality and other events held in the House of Commons private dining rooms in 2005-06.

This figure does not include overheads such as accommodation, procurement, utilities, staff training or pension costs which are not calculated separately.