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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on official entertainment in the UK in 2007-08; and what its expenditure on such entertainment is projected to be in 2008-09. (216318)

The Department for International Development's (DFID) total spend on entertainment within administration cost budgets for 2007-08 was £271,587. Projected expenditure for entertainment for 2008-09 is £253,007.

These figures include costs for working breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at meetings and official entertainment.

It is not possible to breakdown our costs to provide amounts spent in the UK only, without incurring a disproportionate cost.

All expenditure has been made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety.