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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (i) cards, (ii) parties and (iii) decorations in the last 12 months. (303846)

To date, the Department has not paid for any Christmas cards.

No official funds are used for Christmas parties.

Christmas decorations are donated by Ecovert FM, the Department's facilities management services provider.

Information concerning the cost of cards and decorations to UK Border Agency, Identity and Passport Service, and Criminal Records Bureau cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

All Home Office expenditure on rewards and recognition, including staff entertainment, 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.