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Departmental Catering

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of food and drink procured for working lunches attended by officials at which no external invitees were present in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (205521)

Working lunches are not separately identifiable within the Treasury’s accounting system and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure, including that on hospitality, has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.