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Departments: Official Hospitality

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will break down the figures referred to in the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 804W, on Departments: official hospitality, to give the amounts spent on each function at which hospitality expenses were incurred. (162192)

The amount of hospitality expenditure incurred by the former Department for Constitutional Affairs, which covers costs for Her Majesty’s Courts Service, Tribunals Service, Public Guardianship Office and DCA Headquarters, for 2006-07 was £46,002 made up of a large number of high volume, low value transactions.

Of the £46,002 spent, just over £41,000 related to Her Majesty’s Courts Service and was made up of 800 individual transactions which, with the exception of five, were all below £1,000.

Expenditure by the Department on the more formal official functions is not accounted for under ‘Hospitality’.

All hospitality expenditure incurred by the Department is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, which are based on the principles set out in Government Accounting and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.