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Departmental Gifts

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many members of staff in his Department and its predecessor 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. (242023)

The rules and guidance on receipt of gifts by civil servants are set out in the Civil Service Management Code, and in BERR's Staff Handbook. The following table shows gifts staff have received valued at £100 or higher over the last three years.


Estimated value (£)



Nintendo Lite with two games


Science Museum—one part of the public sector accepting a gift from another part


Nano Ipod combined with marketing items


Virgin Media

Gifts valued at more than £50 are surrendered to the Department unless the individual pays for the value of the gift. None of the above items were kept by the individual recipients but retained by the Department.