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Local Authorities: Official Hospitality

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will make it her policy to (a) collect information and (b) report on the level of spending on hospitality by each (i) county council and (ii) borough council; (212063)

(2) if she will make it her policy to (a) collect information and (b) report on the level of spending on air travel by each (i) county council and (ii) borough council.

The Government have no plans to collect information or require councils to report on the level of spending on hospitality or on air travel. Local authorities are independent bodies accountable to their electorate and decisions on these matters are a matter for each authority.