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Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment since the formation of his Department. (243730)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has made no expenditure on Christmas parties. The only expenditure on staff entertainment (that is, for a celebration, or where there is no clear and justifiable reason for expenditure) since the Department's formation on 3 October 2008 has been £1,733 on a cross-government event on 3 December 2008 as a celebration to mark the passing of the Climate Change and Energy Acts.