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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on hospitality by (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) his Department in financial year 2006-07. (133253)

The following table shows the amount spent on hospitality by each department in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Office in the financial year 2006-07.

Department

Amount spent on hospitality 2006-07 (£)

DARD

60,618

DCAL

26,590.64

DE

43,983.43

DEL

29,819

DETI

22,664.81

DOE

11,615.03

DFP

140,041

DHSSPS

161,813

DRD

16,596.14

DSD

25,187

OFMDFM

78,523

NIO

404,476

These figures are based on provisional outturn and are therefore subject to change. They relate to expenditure on hospitality and entertainment provided but in the case of DE, DFP and DSD it has not been possible, without incurring disproportionate costs, to completely separate out other associated costs such as room hire.

Expenditure incurred on hospitality by the NIO includes accommodation and hospitality for members of the royal family, visiting dignitaries and Heads of State, and also hospitality for the representatives of business, voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland attending the annual garden party at Hillsborough Castle.