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Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what measures are in place in the Government Equalities Office to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes. (219585)

Expenditure from the Government Equalities Office’s official hospitality account is monitored internally by its finance team and externally by the National Audit Office. It is also subject to internal audit. The GEO’s directors and deputy directors (six in total) can claim for alcohol purchased for official events and functions.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what purchasing process is used by the Government Equalities Office for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes. (219935)

The directors and deputy directors (six in number) of the Government Equalities Office can claim expenses for alcohol purchased for hospitality at official working lunches and business gatherings. The reimbursement of these is dependent upon the provision and scrutiny of detailed receipts. Such reimbursement is subject to official departmental limits. Since the GEO was established on 12 October 2007 one such claim has been made.