I refer the hon. Member to the answer given in my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s answer of 9 February 1998, Official Report, column 17W, to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire, which provides the global figure for Government expenditure on ministerial entertaining and hospitality for official purposes in 1996-97.
The Department for Education and Skills’ expenditure on entertainment by civil servants for 1996-97 was £24,000.
The Department's expenditure covering civil servants’ as well as ministerial costs on entertainment for 2005-06 was £20,000.