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Official Hospitality: Lancaster House

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost of (a) hospitality and (b) entertainment at Lancaster House was in each of the last 10 years. (156613)

Government Hospitality (GH), part of Protocol Directorate in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, manages all official hospitality or entertainment offered by Government Ministers at Lancaster House. GH has a remit to work for all Government Departments, and organises events in government houses, official residences and outside venues. GH organises on average 60-65 per cent. of its events each year at Lancaster House. GH does not maintain separate records of expenditure per venue. In each of the last 10 years GH's overall expenditure has been as follows:

Amount (£)

1997-98

342,131

1998-99

407,399

1999-2000

406,486

2000-01

489,994

2001-02

552,924

2002-03

623,892

2003-04

705,384

2004-05

869,418

2005-06

809,529

2006-07

592,592