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Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in each year since his Department’s formation. (243740)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established under Machinery of Government changes in June 2007.

In 2007-08 the Secretary of State hosted one official Christmas function for 50 people which cost £665. Departmental divisions do hold Christmas parties for staff to attend, for which staff must pay themselves.

The Department made no other spending on entertainment for staff.