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Charity Commission: Hotels

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Charity Commission for England and Wales has spent on hotel accommodation for its staff in each of the last five years. (305708)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. I have asked the Commission to reply.

Letter from Andrew Hind, 9 December 2009:

As the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, I have been asked to respond to your written Parliamentary Question on how much the Charity Commission for England and Wales has spent on hotel accommodation for its staff in each of the last five years (305708).

We keep figures for hotels booked through our central procurement system, which are as follows:

£

2005

176,910

2006

136,998

2007

116,796

2008

102,986

2009

176,181

However, not all Commission staff use this system as it is also possible to book hotels directly. These costs are included in travel and subsistence claims and Government Procurement Card payments, which we do not routinely break down. This would have to be calculated manually and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

In the past year we have encouraged staff to make more use of the central procurement system, which accounts for the recent increase in costs shown above.

I hope this information is helpful.