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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food since its inception. (261170)

The Department’s financial transactions are processed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Neither system collects spend in sufficient detail to identify alcohol and food separately. Therefore, the Department could not answer this question without incurring disproportionate cost.