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Departmental Hospitality

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06. (114068)

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.