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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he has hosted in each of the last six months; and what the (i) location, (ii) total cost and (iii) purpose was of each event. (133324)

I have hosted numerous lunches, dinners and receptions regarding Home Office business during the last six months. Details of the exact location, total cost and purpose of each event could be obtained only by reviewing the records of each meeting. This could be done only at disproportionate costs.

In each case, any hospitality was provided in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety.