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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 368W, on departmental official hospitality, if he will arrange for copies of the Hospitality Books kept by Ministers, members of the senior civil service and commanding officers to be placed (a) in the Library and (b) on a publicly accessible page on his Department's website. (187025)

[holding answer 20 February 2008]: The Government are committed to publishing an annual list of hospitality received by departmental board members. Information for 2007 will be published in due course. Hospitality received by Ministers over the registrable limits are declared as appropriate in the Registers of Members' or Peers' Interests. All Hospitality Books are subject to external compliance testing by the National Audit Office.