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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) hospitality in relation to those people funded by the Northern Ireland Office to attend the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States in each year since 1997; and how many people attended at his Department's expense in that period. (129647)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number attending

Travel cost (£)

Accommodation and hospitality cost (£)

2001

7

1

1

2002

6

1

1

2003

5

23,174.88

1

2004

5

51,695.80

1

2005

5

27,945.29

1

2006

5

2

2

2007

4

24,697.20

3

1 Information is not readily available except at disproportionate cost.

2 Not all the costs associated with the officials and representatives travelling from Northern Ireland to events at the Whitehouse around 17 March 2006 are known. However the following can be advised:

Travel—£41,054.20;

Accommodation—£2,736.00;

Other—£1,765.00

These costs relate to expenses occurred in respect of the Secretary of State and officials from the Northern Ireland Office and the devolved Administration.

3 Invoice/accounts not yet available.