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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department’s entertainment budget was in each of the last five years. (261107)

The Department for Transport does not have an entertainment budget. However, it does have divisional level hospitality budgets that cover refreshments for meetings, conferences, room bookings and other similar expenditure. To identify these lists centrally would be disproportionately expensive.

The Department adheres to the principles on the management of Public Money as set out in HM Treasury’s handbook on Regularity and Propriety and has strict rules and cost limits on such expenditure. Where it is permissible, expenditure that could be classed as entertainment must be found from within the hospitality budgets.