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Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff members in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the last three years; what these gifts were; and from whom they were received. (241799)

This information could be provided across the Ministry only at disproportionate cost as the information is maintained locally in many separate locations.

The Ministry of Justice has a Departmental wide Gifts and Hospitality Policy. This requires managers in all parts of the Department to maintain a gifts and hospitality register and ensure that all instances of offers (accepted or declined) are recorded. The policy also requires that a gift can only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and even then it must be modest and appropriate.