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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regimental dinners took place in 2006; and what the total cost was of those dinners. (127537)

Information on how many regimental dinners took place in 2006 is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

All Army messes are supported by contracts that include provision for a number of functions each year, for which attendees are charged the costs of food and drink. Some of these will be regimental dinners. If a regiment wants to hold additional functions, the drink and staff costs are met by private regimental funds and not the Defence budget. It is therefore not possible to provide the total cost of regimental dinners in 2006.