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Cabinet: Meetings

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) cost to the public purse have been of each meeting of the Cabinet held outside London since 27 June 2007. (306113)

I refer the hon. Member to my answers of: 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1017W; 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 738W; 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 802W; 18 June 2009, Official Report, column 451W; 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 487W; and 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 378W.

The Cabinet met in Cardiff on July 23 2009. This was linked with a number of ministerial visits across the region; there was a public engagement event with around 203 people which was followed by a formal Cabinet meeting The cost of the public engagement event and the Cabinet meeting was approximately £77,433.61, excluding VAT. There are no separate figures for the Cabinet meeting. The figure includes the cost of hiring the venue, catering, associated security and delegate management. In addition, Departments and agencies will have incurred costs in terms of travel, staff time and other support. The cost of any security provided by the police is a matter for the relevant police force.

The visit of the Cabinet to Nottingham was on 20 November 2009. The final cost figures for this event are not yet available.