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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records his Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality. (240471)

Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains records of all expenditure on official hospitality by Government Hospitality. Government Hospitality is responsible for the organisation of official ministerial hospitality for all Government Departments and for the management of the Government wine cellar. The FCO does not maintain a central record of other hospitality expenditure, although all staff are bound by official guidance which ensures that the provision of food and beverages at public expense is appropriate and cost-effective.