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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years. (261110)

The following figures cover entertainment costs for the last five financial years (1 April 2004 to 28 February 2009) and are actual spend figures rather than budget allocations.

£

2004-05

4,202,925.92

2005-06

4,441,416.84

2006-07

3,517,135.09

2007-08

6,470,379.11

2008-09

7,334,177,90

These figures include all items, for example catering and set up costs that are directly attributable to functions, events and receptions held at posts throughout the world and in the UK.