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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what records his Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality. (240473)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created on 3 October 2008, bringing together staff from the Climate Change Group of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and from the Energy Group of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). DECC at present makes use of the BERR and DEFRA accounting systems. In the case of both BERR and DEFRA accounting systems, expenditure on official hospitality is recorded as an account code. All expenditure, including that on official hospitality, is incurred, and recorded, in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury Handbook on Regularity and Propriety. Expenditure on alcohol for official hospitality is not distinguished from other expenditure on official hospitality in the accounting systems.