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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) gifts and (b) hospitality were received by the (i) Chief of the General Staff, (ii) Adjutant General, (iii) General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and (iv) Commander in Chief Land in the last 12 months. (135010)

Between 26 April 2006 and 26 April 2007 the gifts and hospitality received and accepted by the Chief of the General Staff, the Adjutant General, the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and the Commander in Chief Land are shown in the following tables.

During the same period, the Chief of the General Staff received 209 offers of hospitality/gifts and accepted 46. Commander in Chief Land received 75 offers, and accepted 19. General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland received 41 offers and accepted 16 and the Adjutant General received 42 offers and accepted 10.

Chief of the General Staff

Date

Provider

Description

1 May 2006

Brazilian Chief of the General Staff

Books

2 May 2006

General Commanding 1 Division

Plaque and clock

2 May 2006

Chilean ambassador

Book

2 May 2006

Chief of Joint Operations Chile

Pencil case

2 May 2006

Chief of Joint Operations Chile

Metal salver

2 May 2006

Chief of Joint Operations Chile

Pair of spurs

10 May 2006

Australian Chief of the General Staff

Boomerang

22 May 2006

Oxford Union

Address and dinner

25 May 2006

Editor of the House Magazine

Dinner

26 May 2006

Royal Chelsea Flower Show

Tickets and lunch

1 June 2006

De la Rue

Dinner

6 June 2006

Bucks Club

Dinner and speech

13 June 2006

Deborah Tan

Dinner

14 June 2006

Andrew Nurnberg

Lunch

15 June 2006

Aberdeen Asset Managers

Scottish music spectacular

16 June 2006

Robert Fox

Lunch

20 June 2006

Royal Academy of Music

Concert and dinner

23 June 2006

Afghani Minster of Defence

Plaque

29 June 2006

Fergus Greer (Studios)

Drinks

2 July 2006

Brazilian Defence Attaché

Books

8 July 2006

Lawn Tennis Association

Tickets and lunch

14 July 2006

Dutch Chief of the General Staff

Statuette

15 July 2006

Jamaican Chief of Staff

Picture

20 July 2006

Pakistani Vice Chief of the Army Staff

Plaque

23 July 2006

Canadian Forces Base Suffield and British Army Training Unit Suffield

Embroidery

24 July 2006

Vauxhall Cross

Dinner

25 July 2006

Archbishop of Canterbury

Reception

31 August 2006

Victory Services Association

Lunch

5 September 2006

Defence Correspondents

Cocktail party

6 September 2006

Brazilian embassy

Reception

6 September 2006

Pakistani high commissioner

Reception

7 September 2006

Ralph Zoellner (Boeing)

Dinner

12 September 2006

Lieutenant General Shoke

Figurine

14 September 2006

Brigadier-General Quezeda

Plaque

19 September 2006

The Lord Boyce

Dinner

20 September 2006

Egyptian embassy

Reception

21 September 2006

Saudi Arabian embassy

Reception

25 September 2006

Vickers Defence Systems

Bronze cannon

3 October 2006

Nigerian Chief of the General Staff

Book

2 December 2006

New Zealand Army Chief

Ceremonial weapon

2 December 2006

New Zealand Army Chief

Scarf and gloves

2 December 2006

New Zealand Army Chief

Plaque

2 December 2006

New Zealand Chief of the Defence Force

Plaque

2 December 2006

Australian Army Chief

Boomerang

2 December 2006

Australian Army Chief

Plaque

2 December 2006

Australian Army Chief

Scarf

Adjutant General

Date

Provider

Description

6 May 2006

The Babcock Inter-Services Championship

Rugby match/reception

23 May 2006

Visit of the British American Forecasting Exchange (BAFEX)

Gift—paperweight

29 June 2006

The British Forces Foundation

Annual charity ball

6 October 2006

The Variety Club

Lunch—guest

11 November 2006

Royal British Legion—Festival of Remembrance

Guest—Army Board representative

14 November 2006

United Services Mess

Remembrance dinner/speech

9 January 2007

The Basic Skills Agency

Reception/speech

15 January 2007

Visit from UAE, Chief of Administration and Manpower

Silver plate

24 January 2007

Woodroffe's

Lunch/speech

19 February 2007

Company of Fruiterers, The Masters, Wardens and Court of Assistants

Livery banquet—guest

General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland

Date

Provider

Description

8 May 2006

Lord Mayor of Belfast

Civic dinner, City Hall Belfast

9 May 2006

PUS (NIO) and Director of Policing and Security NI

Reception, Hillsborough Castle

15 May 2006

Secretary of State (NI)

Garden Party, Hillsborough Castle

7 June 2006

Stn Comd RAF Coningsby

Plaque on occasion of GOC's visit

9 August 2006

NICSS Regt

BFPO official first day cover

23 August 2006

25 Engr Regt

Plaque made of South Armagh Tower

9 September 2006

Order of Malta

Victory Day lunch and mass, Armagh

20 October 2006

North Irish Horse

Dinner, Belfast

4 November 2006

Royal British Legion

Festival of Remembrance, Belfast

11 November 2006

Queens University Services Club

Dinner, Belfast

23 November 2006

Presentation from unit under Command

Hip flask and cup set

24 November 2006

Forces Financial

Champagne reception London

11 December 2006

Secretary of State (NI)

Christmas reception

22 December 2006

Secretary of State (NI)

Security forces Christmas reception, Hillsborough Castle

20 February 2007

Thales

Meeting and lunch, Castlereagh

21 February 2007

Chief Constable

International policing conference, City Hall

Commander in Chief Land

Date of hospitality

Provider

Description

1 to 4 May 06

Allied Canadian Army StaffTalks

Mounted rock statue on base

23 to 24 May 06

Gen McNeil US Army

US army silver plate

22 June 2006

CGSNZ

Book and ceramic bowl

10 to 11 July 2006

Commander in Chief Germany

Tank in case

10 to 11 July 2006

Commander in Chief Germany

Paperweight

18 July 2006

Vice Chief of Army Staff Pakistan

Plaque

18 July 2006

Vice Chief of Army Staff Pakistan

Cufflinks and tie pin

13 September 2006

Lt Gen Shoke—CGS South African Army

Plaque

16 October 2006

Comd US Army Combined Arms Centre

Four silver cups in case

17 October 2006

CO US Army Welfare College

Wooden pencil box

17 October 2006

CO US Army Welfare College

Book on Westpoint

17 October 2006

CO US Army College of General Staff

Book ‘Block by Block’

13 December 2006

BAE Systems

Christmas drinks

12 October 2006

COS US Army

Bronze coin

15 October 2006

Chief of Staff Army (US)

US army book

15 October 2006

Deputy Chief of Staff Army (US)

Tankard

15 October 2006

Chief of Staff US Army

Serving bowl

9 March 2007

BAE Systems

Grand Military—lunch and hospitality

29 to 30 January 2007

COMFAT

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