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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) conference services and (b) banqueting services in each of the last five years. (274503)

The requested information is set out in the table.

Conference costs (£)

2004-05

5,189,640

2005-06

10,594,000

2006-07

9,325,652

2007-08

4,020,987

2008-09

5,844,000

The cost of banqueting services cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

All expenditure on conference services is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.