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Democracy: Conferences

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to the public purse was of the speed dating youth conference held on 9 October (a) venue hire and (b) payments to external firms; and how many members of the public attended. (159907)

The cost for the venue hire including meals and refreshments was £15,156,12. We are awaiting invoices from schools and youth groups for their travel costs; hence we do not have this information. 143 young people (113 from secondary schools and further education establishments and 30 from primary schools) and over 100 adults from schools, youth groups and youth organisations attended the event.