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Driving Standards Agency: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1385W, on the Driving Standards Agency: alcoholic drinks, for what reason public money was used to purchase alcohol for staff attending the operations conference in September 2008. (258170)

This annual conference gathered together senior management staff from locations across Great Britain to discuss operational issues affecting the Agency. It involved an overnight stay and a dinner was part of the event which allowed staff, who seldom meet together as a group, to continue discussions on issues of the day in a less formal setting. It was considered reasonable to offer limited drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) as part of that meal. The normal subsistence allowance was not paid to attendees.