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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and organisations (a) were invited to and (b) attended each reception; and what the cost was of each reception. (203857)

In my capacity as Secretary of State for Justice, in the last 12 months I have hosted six receptions for a range of organisations and groups as follows:

4 July 2007

Reception for Senior Leaders (SCS) from the Ministry of Justice at Selborne House. Cost: £1,265.

19 July 2007

Reception for front line staff of the Ministry of Justice and representatives of a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations, involved in the areas of work of the Ministry at Lancaster House. Cost: £6,200.

25 July 2007

Reception for the media at Selborne House. Cost: £1,340.

1 October 2007

Lord Chancellor’s breakfast. This is an annual event hosted by the Lord Chancellor to mark the beginning of the Legal Year. Senior Judiciary from the UK and overseas are invited. Cost: £31,250.

6 November 2007

Reception for Senior Judiciary following the State Opening of Parliament. Cost: £1,436.57.

15 January 2008

Reception for the media at Selborne House. Cost: £960.