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Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years. (171434)

The Department spent £2,653 on Christmas cards and £460 on a Christmas tree at the headquarters building. The Department does not fund Christmas parties. Records are not kept centrally for its non-departmental public bodies’ spend on Christmas cards or decorations.