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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department’s hospitality and catering budget was in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that budget was spent on entertainment in each such year. (290127)

The Department’s budget holders are responsible for translating delegations into sufficiently detailed budgets to enable delivery of objectives. Although the Department’s accounting system can report hospitality and catering budget data, budget holders have broken down their resource delegations differently, and not always to this level of detail.

Entertainment is not accounted for separately.

The requested information cannot therefore be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. All Home Office expenditure on entertainment and hospitality conforms to the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money, and any other guidance as applicable contained within “Managing Public Money” and the Treasury handbook on “Regularity and Propriety.”