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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on hospitality in each of the last five years. (156423)

For 2006-07 spending on hospitality by Communities and Local Government, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on 8 May 2007, Official Report, columns 120-21W. In our predecessor department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, spending on hospitality was £38,803 in 2003-04, £42,126 in 2004-05 and £54,932 in 2005-06. Recorded hospitality expenditure is higher in 2006-07 than in previous years, due to coding parameter changes on the Department’s financial system, which means that some catering expenditure is also included.