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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12-month period for which information is available. (187786)

The Cabinet Office does not keep separate records of expenditure on alcohol or entertaining. Such expenditure is included in the Department's hospitality budget and is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in “Managing Public Money” and other Treasury guidance.