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Departmental Gifts

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of staff 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. (242019)

The following table shows the number of staff within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties within the last three years:

Number of staff

Details of gifts received

Estimated value of gifts (£)

From whom the gifts were received

2006

1

12 bottles of wine

150

London Business School

2006

1

Leather Folder, pen and book

150

Booz Allen Hamilton

None of the aforementioned items were kept by the individual recipient but were retained by the Department and used for official purposes.

The rules and guidance on receipt of gifts by civil servants are set out in the Civil Service Management Code, and in departmental staff handbooks.