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Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department (a) he and (b) officials of his Department (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; and if he will make a statement. (295443)

I did not attend or host any Christmas functions in my role as Development Secretary arranged by the Department for International Development.

Records for officials hosting or attending Christmas functions are not held centrally and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

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