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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants in each Department in Northern Ireland. (132210)

DAO (DFP) 10/06 sets out general principles on the provision of gifts and hospitality, which will include alcohol, and requires each NI Department to have its own guidance and approval processes tailored to suit their business needs. This will cover (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants where expenditure comes out of the departmental budget.

NIO has its own guidance and approval process for hospitality (including alcohol) that covers Ministers and senior civil servants.