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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months. (187961)

DFID's total spend on entertainment within administration cost budgets in the last 12 months was £265,360. We do not have any agencies.

It is not possible to disaggregate specific entertainment costs without incurring disproportionate cost.

All entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.