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Gambling Commission

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in expenses by staff of each grade at the Gambling Commission in the last 12 months. (287772)

The following table shows expenses claimed for each type by Gambling Commission staff between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009.

Expenses claimed in 2008-09

Type

£

Conference and hospitality1

6,399

Information technology

858

Office accommodation costs

78

Office equipment and stationery

2,533

Other

433

Employee costs including professional fees and memberships

3,353

Postage and telephone

2,404

Publications

310

Recruitment

240

Training

1,226

Travel and subsistence2

330,498

1 Including expenses that occurred at events staged by the Commission.

2 Travel and subsistence includes travel costs for routine travel undertaken by employees performing compliance and enforcement duties. This includes more than 50 compliance managers based around the country.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each of the senior officials at the Gambling Commission spent on official (a) hospitality, (b) travel, (c) office expenses and (d) other expenses in the last 12 months. (287773)

The following table lists expenses claimed by type for the senior officials at the Gambling Commission in 2008-09.

Expenses claimed and expenditure incurred by Commission credit card (see definition) by senior officials of the Gambling Commission 2008-09 to the nearest £

Official

Hospitality (see note)

Travel (including related subsistence)

Office expenses

Other expenses

Chief Executive

1,561

10,724

16

1,842

Deputy chief executive

0

3,119

0

0

Director of regulation (formerly director of operations)

839

4,205

40

1,283

Director of corporate services

147

806

725

2,583

Director of people and organisational development (formerly director of human resources)

0

136

0

0

Director of policy and communications

0

825

0

1,427

Director of licensing and compliance2

12

351

0

165

Director of monitoring and enforcement3

101

101

0

0

Corporate affairs director4

257

4,002

25

355

Legal director4

0

27

0

0

Director of finance4

41

77

0

413

Director of strategy research and analysis5

0

146

0

523

1 to 31 October 2008

2 to 3 January 2009

3 to 20 July 2008

4 from 1 November 2008

5 from 10 November 2008

Note:

The Commission’s credit card has been used to pay for a range of goods and services including professional membership; occasional room hire, air travel booked online; meeting refreshments which are included under hospitality covering meals provided for Commission guests and their Commission hosts. The Commission does not provide any hospitality or entertainment in the wider sense of, for example, taking people to sporting or cultural events. Some of the entries relate to goods and services procured on behalf of other Commission employees and functions that do not hold an organisational credit card.